Plea in high court against change in exam evaluation system | Radice-Edu Blog




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A group of students of Sacred Heart School at Thevara, Cochin who will appear for Class X CBSE board examination next academic year, has filed a petition in the high court against the sudden change in the exam evaluation system.

According to the petition, the central board of secondary education (CBSE) must extend the existing continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) for one more year as students who are going from Class IX to X will be unable to adapt to the sudden change in the evaluation system.

Earlier this year, the CBSE had issued a directive suggesting that starting from the next academic year, CCE mode of evaluation would be replaced with a new system.

“The new system for Class IX and X is that there will be one major annual examination, which will include the entire syllabus that is taught during the academic year. The annual exam will have an 80% weighting and the rest 20% will be taken from the internal evaluation. From the three internal evaluations, the best two performances will be chosen,” said Fr Antony M, principal of Sacred Heart School.

He said the decision to introduce the new system has come all of a sudden for students who will be entering Class X. The guardians are worried if the students will be able to cope with the sudden change.

“Parents were happy under the CCE evaluation system as students had time to focus on extra-curricular activities,” said Francis K A, general secretary of Kerala Sahodaya Complexes. Fr Antony said that changing the mode of evaluation has its positives as well.
“Students were finding it hard to cope with the syllabus in Class XI and XII, where they will have the entire syllabus for the annual exam in the previous academic years as well. So, when they were suddenly pushed into the new system they found it quite difficult. So, the new evaluation will reduce that pressure,” he said.
“But the introduction of the new system directly into Class X and that too for board exams has come all too soon for students who has been studying under the CCE system for many years,” he added.

Source: Times of India

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India’s National Digital Library App Is Offering 6.5 Million Books For Free | Radice-Edu Blog


The student developers at IIT Kharagpur have given a new face to the National Digital Library of India project in the form of a smartphone app. The National Digital Library project is sponsored by the Ministry of HRD.

Using the NDL app, anyone can access the extensive collection of 6.5 million e-books which are a part of the NDL’s knowledge bank.

The virtual repository holds academic resources for various state-level education board, CBSE, research papers, audio books, and leading competitive exams including JEE, GATE, UPSC, etc.

The app supports three languages, namely, Hindi, English, and Bengali with more languages to follow soon. It offers browsing categories on the basis of type, source, subject, and learning resources.

Currently, the NDL app is available for the Android platform. A version for Apple devices running iOS is in the works. You can download the National Digital Library app from Google Play using this link.

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CBSE Board Exam 2017: Class 10 Students in UAE Launch Petition Seeking Lenient Evaluation For Maths Paper | Radice-Edu Blog


CBSE class 10 board examinees of Dubai, United Arab Emirates have launched a petition at for ‘Lenient correction for AISSE Math Paper Foreign Set 30/ 2/ (1,2,3,4)’. Citing utmost difficulty level of the questions to be the reason, the petition has already garnered more than 7000 supporters. According to the students, the questions were not from the prescribed books and students found it extraordinarily lengthy and difficult. The difficulty level of the question paper has created confusion within near about 1500 Indian students at Dubai, UAE.

As per Jamana Abdul Azeez (who has signed the petition), “as a student who wrote this exam set/3 I left the hall unsatisfied as the length and the difficultly level of the paper did not match the duration given.” Similar response has been given by another student from Ajman, UAE and he said “It was very difficult…And the level of questions was also high, to read and understand the question I took almost 10 mins and to complete a question more than that ….”

Apart from one or two questions from NCERT, the Foreign Set 3 comprised mainly of HOTS questions, is the reason mentioned for signing the petition.
The letter reads, “On behalf of my peers, I’d like to petition you to consider enforcing leniency with regards to the evaluation of AISSE Math (041) Paper Foreign Set 30/2/(1,2,3,4) conducted on 3rd April 2017.”

The All India Secondary School Examination (AISSE) was held on 3 April for Maths paper and issues have been raised by students of UAE for Mathematics, Foreign Set Series HRK/2; Sets 30/2/1,2,3 & 4.

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How technology is revolutionising education | Radice-Edu Blog


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The world today is more connected than ever before with the internet and social media has become an intrinsic parts of our lives. The emergence of technology and its melding with our day-to-day functioning has brought with it an era of opportunities. One of the biggest beneficiaries of this trend are students.

With the academia putting on immense pressure on students, burdening them with board examinations and the rushing them to pick a career and score high, the internet comes as a huge boon. Students can now access and exploit the global reservoirs of information and tools for better learning, understanding, and experience.

This is the third age of connectivity which has even allowed schools to offer advanced learning experiences, which is much required in developing countries like ours. One can see the gradual shift to this new world from within the classroom itself. The chalks and blackboards were first replaced by whiteboards and markers. Now? Students are glued to interactive boards which the teacher can control with electronic pens and computers.

The advancement of teaching key and practical IT skills through school curriculum has enabled virtual collaboration facilities amongst students and faculty to improve information exchange, promote collaborative learning and exchange of ideas. This third age of learning has even enabled teachers to devise digitally stimulating and compatible teaching methods to improve the learning capabilities of students.

Today’s generation is quite tech savvy and India has over 74 million internet users. Be it the introduction of WhatsApp or iMessage, people are now discovering faster ways to connect across the globe as the benefits to such advancement for the society are endless.

The link between a great education and career progression also seems to possess a close connectivity considering the quality of the job would equally be of global and high standards. It is wise to allow the present generation in India to engage in the third age of connectivity through the medium of their studies.

As technology becomes an intrinsic part of our everyday lives, there is no doubt that the fourth age (if third ever stops evolving) of connectivity will be bigger, better and beneficial for all across sectors of our economy. With such rapid advancements, it is safe to predict that students may soon give their exams in virtual reality!

Source: The Indian Express

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Lengthy but straight Maths paper for CBSE X | Radice-Edu Blog



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Many CBSE class X students who took their mathematics examination on Monday complained that the paper was way too lengthy, especially section B which consisted six question carrying two marks each.

Rehan Naqvi of Kendriya Vidhyalaya said, “The paper was straight forward, but lengthy”. “Many questions were similar to those in last year’s paper. One who had attempted previous years’ papers would have done well,” added Arjun of Study Hall.
Many students claimed the paper to be a balanced one and expected to score above 85%. But some, like Mantasha and her friends, felt section D of the paper was tricky. According to Akshay of Rani Lakshmi Bai school, eleven long questions of six marks each in the last section of the paper were the most difficult ones to attempt and required more time than was given. Jawaid Alam Khan, CBSE coordinator for Lucknow, confirmed that the mathematics paper was lengthy but stuck to the syllabus.

Source: Times Of India

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