CBSE to abolish the practice of uniform evaluation policy for classes 6 to 8

5 February, 2018: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has discontinued the assessment policy of uniform evaluation for classes 6 to 8, following demurral from NCPCR, the most foremost child’s rights body in the country. The National Commission for Protection of Child’s Rights (NCPCR) expostulated that the uniform evaluation policy was a germane means of evaluating the performance of students instead asserting that the evaluation policy was in contravention of the Right to Education Act (RTE).

"As per the decision of the Governing body of the board, the earlier circular regarding uniform system of assessment, examination and report card for classes 6 to 8 stands repealed," read an official notification by the CBSE.

A circular which was disseminated earlier than the final one which quashed the uniform evaluation policy has enunciated that "to increase the confidence in the students to start preparing for Class 10 Board examinations when they join the upper primary stage in Class 6, the CBSE has decided to implement the uniform system of assessment examination pattern and issue of report cards for classes 6 to 8 also on the similar pattern".

This bodes well for the students, who had no medium or mechanism to evaluate their performance. Signalling a departure from the current scheme of things, this detail was to do students a good turn by introducing a medium where they could analyse their results continually after joining the upper primary stage in Class 6, so as to lay the groundwork for Class 10 Board examination results.

The policy of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation for Class X has also been annulled after the central government decided to reintroduce board examinations for the class from this year.