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CBSE backtracks from uniform assessment system imposed at elementary education level
After backtracking from the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme as examination reform, now, it is the turn of recently introduced scheme of uniform assessment scheme for classes VI and VIII.

Owning to strong objections from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and seeing it as a scheme that undermined RTE provisions, the CBSE has decided to discontinue its scheme by sending a circular to the affiliated schools.

The advocates of rights-based education had been articulating that the elementary school children in the country have a right to education of reasonable quality under competent and qualified teachers. They feel that the RTE Act mandates the provisions of access to, retention of and quality education to all children pursuing elementary education.

It seems that the NCPCR has understood the true spirit of RTE Act, by terming the CBSE's decision of imposing uniforms assessment at elementary school level as an 'academic discrimination'.

The whole issue is that of improving classroom processes so as to enable all to learn and make education inclusive by respecting diversity and go for differentiated learning. Any kind of imposing of uniformity and similarity is a curse on education since children are diverse and so are their learning styles. And, schools and teachers are meant for children and not the vice versa, I feel.

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