SIE recommends doing away with external evaluation of lower classes

The State Institute of Education (SIE), Kashmir has recommended doing away with external evaluation of students of lower class by District Institute of Education and Trainings (DIETs) arguing the Institutes should be utilised only for training teachers and conducting researches.

In its report the SIE, which is meant to train newly recruited teachers and frame syllabus, has recommended that the evaluation process should be handed over to the individual schools on the pattern of private educational institutions.

The recommendations have come to fore at a time when the new academic session of lower classes has got delayed by more than a month owing to delay in their external evaluation.

The evaluation of the class 5 and class 9 students of government-run schools for Term-I and Term-II exams is conducted by the DIETs.

The process is often time consuming as the exams get stretched to weeks together.

On the contrary, the Term-I and Term-II exams of lower classes, except for the Term-II exams of class 8th, are themselves conducted by the private schools.

“If the Term- I and Term-II exams in government schools are conducted at school level it will consume only one week and students will resume their classes immediately,” a senior official said. “In the present system the department makes the exam a complicated exercise which puts students under lot of stress.”

The SIE has stated that the DIETs were quintessentially meant to focus on research programs and development of the institutions.

“To burden these institutions with examination related works at primary and upper primary level would distract the DIETs and the SIE from their envisaged role and dilute their focus,” reads the report.

The report has been submitted to the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) for further action. But there has been no word from the department on its implementation.

Earlier in 2016, the government had issued an order asking the SIE to conduct Term-I and II exams from class 5 to class 9.

The order also allowed detention of students from classes 5 to class 8 on basis of their performance in Term-I and Term-II exams. The department was however barred to detain any student of class 9.

The report has recommended that the assessment and evaluation up to class 4 in government schools may continue to be school based with no detention in view of the tender age group of children and adverse psychological implications of the move.

“If detention is allowed at primary level it will trigger school dropouts particularly in backward and far flung areas,” reads the report.

About the upper primary classes, the SIE has recommended that the assessment of class 6 and class 7 students in Term-I and Term-II exams be made school-based instead of being handled by DIETs and SIE.

“The proposed change will prevent avoidable academic loss in conducting one common examination which spreads over a long period of time,” reads the report.