PDP calls on govt. to implement new school assessment rule from next academic session

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) called on the government to implement the new assessment rule from the next academic session

Karma Chimmi

Following the implementation of the new assessment structure for the students from this academic year, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) called on the government to implement it from the next academic session.

This implementation in the ongoing academic session, according to the PDP, is unfair and insensitive. “Everyone is aware that our schools have been disrupted due to the pandemic, and students did not have the normal conducive learning environment,” the party said. 

“Even as our students are struggling to make up for the missed learning and lessons, the additional burden of having to meet up to the requirement of the new assessment system would be stressful for a large number of students and teachers,” the party added.

However, the party welcomes the change in the assessment system to promote commitment to learning and improve the quality of education but only after in-depth research and thorough consultation, not abruptly and direct.

The major change is the requirement for every student to score a minimum of 40 percent separately in continuous assessment and written examination to be declared as passed.

The press release from the party office states that earlier the average score of 40% was adequate to be declared as passed. “This changed assessment system will change our students and teachers’ learning and teaching behavior, which will take time to adapt.”

The government has announced the new assessment structure in our schools from mid this year. According to the changed assessment system, the minimum pass mark for each subject for classes VI to XII shall be 40 percent. 

However, a student should pass both continuous assessment and written examination with 40 percent each, respectively.