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Will strict examination and pass-fail system improve learning environment in schools?
The Ministry of Human Resource and Development (HRD) has reportedly decided to make Class X examination compulsory for all students once again from the next academic session for the CBSE-affiliated schools.

The announcement in this regard is expected to come at the end of this month and this is going to be the reversal of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system that was introduced in 2010 with a great fanfare as reform leading to better classroom processes and learning environment.

Another change that is being expected is that the 'no-detention' policy will be up to grade five and thereafter before failing a child there will be the choice of retesting.

"The teachers, instead of improving their teaching process under the CCE had been blaming the CCE and no-detention policy was leading to the falling of academic standards. A common rant had been that students have stopped taking studies and examination seriously under the CCE scheme," said Dr. Anita Srivastava, a Jaipur based educational and child psychologist.

She added, "In fact, the scheme had exposed teachers' incompetence to teach in relaxed environment and inculcate the love for learning and there was a need to enhance the teachers' capacity to teach well to match to the reform."

I too feel that we have a very weak psycho-social foundation of education and coupled with bad teaching standards, the reform has been made to feel. In fact, teachers should vouch for and ensure quality of classroom process to enable students to demonstrate learning whatever the system of testing. In fact, in the improvement of teachers lies the improvement of education and better learning outcomes.

The no-detention policy was felt to be reducing the authority of teachers and prompting schools to merely shuffle an under-performing student from one class to the next. The teacher have shown that they want examination-ridden pass-fail system to assert their control and authority over students and get away for accountability for better teaching resulting in better learning outcomes.

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