In order to standardise and maintain uniformity in the implementation of the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) conducted by schools, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has identified agencies that will provide online (web-based) and offline (pen drive) Learning Management System (LMS) to the affiliated schools.
According to a circular issued by Navin Maini, research officer, CBSE, the board has empanelled five agencies, which schools can select from and use for the LMS. A few more agencies will be identified by the board soon.
The LMS will assist schools to auto-generate question papers from a bank of 10,000 questions, generation of any number of practice papers on the basis of CBSE question paper design, detailed guidelines for teachers based on innovative pedagogies, e-content and learning tools among several other functions. The vendors will also provide the school academic and administrative tools and the LMS will be mobile enabled.
While private schools will have to shell out between Rs7,500 and Rs23,500 annually, depending on the classes the services are being used for. However, the online mode system will be made available free of cost to CBSE affiliated government and government-aided schools.
Currently, schools can choose their own vendors (agencies). However, schools have welcomed the move. "The vendors would approach the schools directly, but the authenticity of the vendor could not be checked. Now, the process will be streamlined and we will know whom to approach and rest assure that the vendor is authorised to provide the content," said Deepshikha Srivastava, principal, Rajhans Vidyalaya, Andheri.
However, schools feel that agencies need to allow teachers to maintain a free hand. "If the guidelines are very strict it will not work out. The agencies should give broad methodologies and allow the teachers to work their way in class to ensure that the teaching is best suited for a particular batch of students on a particular day," said Nirja Vijayan, teacher at Nalanda Public School, Mulund.
The empanelled agencies have to continuously update their content based on the feedback from the end users and the board.