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JKSCERT Seeks Inputs to Conduct In-House Exams for 8th Class

Srinagar, Jun 12 (WD): The Jammu and Kashmir State Council of Educational Research and Trainings (JKSCERT) has initiated a move to gather inputs from relevant authorities regarding the conduct of in-house exams for the 8th class in the ongoing academic session.

The Joint Director Central at JKSCERT stated that inputs are being sought from its divisional offices for conducting the in-house Middle Standard assessment for the 2024-25 academic session. This initiative aims to streamline the assessment process to better align with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 guidelines.

According to the news agency—Wattan Daily (WD), JKSCERT highlighted in a communique that under the NEP-2020, the objective of assessments in the schooling system will transition from summative evaluations that test rote memorisation to more regular, formative, and competency-based assessments. These new assessments aim to promote learning and development, testing higher-order skills such as analysis, critical thinking, and conceptual clarity.

Previously, JKSCERT conducted the summative assessment of class 8th centrally at the SCERT level following the Student Assessment and Evaluation Scheme. However, this method has been found to extend over long periods, consequently reducing the number of actual instructional days, as per the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009. This extended duration has also been noted to increase the anxiety and stress levels among students.

In light of these issues, JKSCERT is revisiting the Student Assessment and Evaluation Scheme. The revised approach will prioritize in-house assessments for class 8th, following the pattern of CBSE schools across the country. This change aims to minimize the high stakes and stress associated with centralized exams, thus fostering a more supportive and less stressful learning environment for young learners.

The Council has directed the concerned authorities to provide their specific and candid inputs regarding the conduct of in-house or school-based assessments for the 8th class for the current academic session. These inputs are crucial for shaping the assessment framework to ensure it meets the educational and developmental needs of the students.

Authorities are expected to submit their inputs within a week’s time. These will be compiled and forwarded to the Administrative Department for further action. This proactive step by JKSCERT reflects its commitment to enhancing the quality of education and aligning assessment practices with contemporary educational standards and student well-being.

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