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There's need of an education-cum-examination reform relevant to knowledge society of 21st century
The pictures of mass cheating supported by teachers, police, parents and anti-social elements in Bihar along with the controversial statements of political leaders and administration have gone viral on the social media, tarnishing the image of Indian education system and conduct of examination across the world.

Former chief minister of J&K and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has remarked that the documentary film 'India's Daughter' had hardly tarnished the country's image abroad but the pictures of mass cheating in Bihar have definitely done so.

I think that there is a need for an examination reform concurrent with educational reform in our country. We need to view quality education as continuum of teaching, learning and evaluation so as to provide students the joy of learning and demonstration of what has been learned. A value-charged and well-governed inclusive education system with just and examination system is required for India to become "Vishava Guru" once again.

A few years ago, the NCERT in its position paper on examination reform had suggested, "A major source of cheating remains help from outside the exam hall, sometimes even through ingenious means such as mirrors and drums. If candidates are not permitted to leave the exam-center in the first ninety minutes, and even thereafter not permitted to carry out question papers with them most of this can be nipped in the bud. Knight Errants on the outside simply would not know what questions to provide answers to."

Despite when a few years ago it was found that Indian school board exams were largely inappropriate for the 'knowledge society' of the 21st century, no meaningful action was taken to revamp the education system in the government sector. The shameful mass cheating in school examinations in Bihar and UP should shake us up to revamp our education system and put it on the right track.

There is also a need to treat teaching as a profession and train teachers and evaluators to teach and evaluate fairly to empower learners. This requires the change in the role of the examination boards to make evaluation a tool of enhancing and strengthening the teaching-learning process. There is a need to envision an entirely new types of examination boards that will validate the school-based and teacher-directed assessment of students at the school level.

We need to create a functional, valid and reliable system of school-based evaluation liked with teacher accountability and supportive role of the examination boards. Even the people working in the exam boards should the best evaluation professionals. Even the CCE reform of the CBSE should be viewed not as an alternative but complementary to board evaluation by putting the CBSE in learning-supportive institution.

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