Centered on the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today announced a competency-based assessment system for grades 6 through 10. The system, according to the board, would “replace the current rote learning paradigm by focusing on evaluating students based on their competencies required to solve day-to-day problems.”
The system was introduced by Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who stated that the assessment aims to enhance students' overall learning outcomes by focusing on three subjects: English (reading), Science, and Maths.
The question papers and evaluation modes will be updated in a staggered manner over three to four years in order to introduce the same. The program will be rolled out to all 25,000 CBSE schools in India by 2024, according to CBSE. In the first step, selected Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, UT Chandigarh, and private schools across the country will participate.
“The CBSE has worked with the British Council and three UK organizations, Cambridge, NARIC, and Alphaplus, to help the CBSE achieve this goal. The work has already begun, and substantial progress has been made, and we look forward to continuing to work with the British Council,” CBSE Chairman Manoj Ahuja said.