- The National Council of Educational research and Training (NCERT) has states that from now on, no child aged 2-6 years will be giving any oral or written tests
- They states that it is a harmful and undesirable practice, stemming from inappropriate parental aspirations
- A senior NCERT official passed the rule and states that the preschool stage is not to label a child as “pass” or “fail”
- He states that as of now, the curriculum takes a lot of time away from the play time of the children in this age group
- The NCERT has listed a set of “do’s” and “don’ts” on how an assessment for children in this age group should be carried out
A senior NCERT official (National Council of Educational research and Training) has recently said that a rule has been passed that children between the ages 2-6 shouldn’t be given any oral or written examinations. He was quoted as saying,
“on no account should children be made to take any form of test or examination either oral or written. the purpose of evaluation at the preschool stage is not to label a child as ‘pass’ or ‘fail’.”
Elaborating and criticizing the current preschool programme in our country, he further said,
“Currently we have in our country, pre-school programmes ranging from those that put children to a dull and monotonous routine to those where children are exposed to structured formal learning, often in english, made to do tests and homework, and denied their right to play.”
He calls such practices undesirable and born out of parental aspirations for their children. In order to give a structure to the pre-school education, a list of do’s and don’ts have been submitted to the schools across the country, on the guidelines of assessment for the children in this age group.
How will the new assessment system work?
In the new assessment system, as planned by NCERT, each child’s progress will be assessed on a continuous basis using different tools such as anecdotal records, checklists, portfolios and interactions with other children. The teacher should observe each child and make notes based on these parameters, how and when children spend time, social interactions, language, information about health and nutrition, general habits, etc.
The progress of all children will be maintained in a portfolio, accessible to their parents to view and must be kept by the preschool until the child is either shifted to another pre-school or till he/she reached primary school. A written and verbal progress of the child should be conveyed to all the parents, at least twice a year.
Besides the assessment patterns, NCERT has also laid down other guidelines for infrastructure, qualifications and salary of teaching staff, admissions, supervision, and importance of coordination between teachers and parents.