The National Progressive Schools’ Conference (NPSC), a body of more than 120 private schools in Delhi, has written to the CBSE to express concerns about the Directorate of Education’s revised promotion policy for students in grades 9 and 11.
Under the revised policy issued Friday by the DoE, promotions will be based on grades achieved in the Interim (Term-1), Annual (Term-2) tests, in addition to grades received in Internal Review, Project, practical or all together.
The revised policy is an extension of the promotion policy 2020-21.
“Under the revised promotion policy, a maximum of 15 grace points can be awarded to a student to achieve the required 33 percentage points in one or any number of subjects.
“So if a child gets 18/100 in his total (including theory and practical internal assessment), giving him 15 grace points will qualify him for promotion to the next grade,” NPSC chairman Sudha Acharya said in the letter. to its Central Counterpart of the Council of Secondary Education.
Also, under the revised rules, a child who does not achieve 33 percent marks is eligible to participate in the compartment examination for all subjects in which he failed to pass 33 percent.
“The point of concern is that awarding a compartment exam in all subjects is equivalent to a re-examination. It will also not measure how much knowledge the child has actually acquired and it will further widen the learning gap that has already arisen over two long years of the pandemic,” she added.
Acharya further said that the provision for such a low goal for promotion under the revised policy will be very demotivating for both teachers and students.
“Teachers will lack the inspiration to set milestones for students and students will hardly appreciate the real value or value of education in such a relaxed system,” she said.