February 10, 2014, 12:51 pm
As per Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) guidelines for awarding best grades in English for classes IX and X (2013-14) have been framed.
The notification states that the summative assessment for Class IX shall have a component of assessment of speaking and listening (ASL) carrying 20 marks, while the summative assessment for Class X shall have a component of ASL carrying 10 marks.
"This grade system will award the better marks out of SA-I and SA-II for ASL," said Advanced Academy principal Manoj Kumar Bajpai. The distribution of marks in written assessment and ASL in SA I and SA II in class IX and X shall be 70 +20 (90) and for Class X 80 +10 (90), he added.
Meanwhile, the school will have to provide marks obtained by the candidates in assessment of speaking and listening (ASL) in English to the board for both for SA- I and SA-II at the time of collection of assessment data of students in Class IX and X electronically. Moreover, the better marks out of two summative assessments in ASL for class X academic session 2013-14 will be uploaded by the schools as marks only. The process of uploading marks remains the same as per the past practice, added Bajpai.
Supporting the initiative of CBSE, SICA principal Madhukar Pawar said, "English is an international language now and this will help students in both providing them better efficacy in the language and scoring good grades."
Students are generally asked to speak on various topics, including pollution, basic mannerism and green revolution. They are even asked questions on the allotted topics, which enrich their communication skills, confidence building and results in life long improvement. Through the notification, board has also asked to provide the audio recordings of speaking test of classes IX and XI students along with the soft copy of the award list of speaking and listening test after February 20, 2014, the CDs of which may be sent to respective regional offices of CBSE. There should be separate CDs for classes IX and XI with a clear making of the school code and name of the schools and total number of students assessed.