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schools to cut homework

posted Sep 14, 2010, 5:33 AM by mukhtar khan
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked affiliated schools to reduce homework and the number of tests being given to children as part of formative assessment. The board was responding to feedback from parents and students on the implementation of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme introduced in schools as an educational reform last year. 

"Parents, students, teachers and principals had said that too many tests, assignments, projects, homework and review tests (in some schools as many as seven tests a week) are being held. Many a time projects given to students to be done at home lead to no real learning as they are either done by siblings or parents or conveniently outsourced to entrepreneurs," said a recent circular by CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi. He said testing or examining students in a formal manner everyday was not CCE. "Assessing students on a continuous basis in a cyclic manner is formative assessment. It needs to be taken up with discrimination and in consultation with all teachers so that projects are not given at the same time," the circular clarified. 

The circular also said excessive homework or assignments or projects was not CCE, but collaborating of project and research work in groups, and balancing projects and assignments amounted to CCE.