HRD: NCERT to propose transformed school education assessment guidelines from 2020

HRD: NCERT to propose transformed school education assessment guidelines from 2020

4 November 2019 | Source: Oswaal Books Editorial Board

With effect from 2020, the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) will prepare guidelines for transformation in education assessment according to the HRD Ministry.

The HRD Ministry, which is in the process of giving final shape to the new National Education Policy (NEP), has proposed in the final draft that to eliminate the "high stakes" aspect of board exams, all students will be allowed to take board exams on up to two occasions during any given school year and the examination be made "easier".

After approximately 14 years, the NCERT is set to review the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) and develop assessment guidelines in sync with the new framework.

"To reverse the harmful effects of the current assessment system, board exams will encourage holistic development, students will be able to choose many of the subjects in which they take board exams, depending on their individualised interests," the draft proposes.

The new policy has also recommended formation of a new regulatory body for all recognised school boards of India, for regulating assessment and evaluation norms and standards and for ensuring that the assessment patterns of different boards meet the skill requirements of the 21st century and are in consonance with stated objectives of the policy.

The draft, proposed by the HRD Ministry, will now be forwarded to the Union Cabinet for approval.