Mumbai, 31st August 2022: Apart from CBSE and ICSE, the levels of State Board Exams are different across various states in the country, leading to a significant difference in grades and difficulty levels of exams, which makes it tough to evaluate students at the same level.
The Center has been thinking of making the board exams across states uniform for the past few months. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has held several meetings with the State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCERT). As a result, a new assessment regulator called PARAKH is being created.
PARAKH is a part of the National Education Policy (NEP). PARAKH stands for Performance Assessment, Review, and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development. This undertaking will work as a part of NCERT. PARAKH will also be responsible for conducting National Achievement Survey (NAS) and State Achievement Survey (SAS). In PARAKH, uniform norms, standards, and guidelines will be formulated for all recognized schools in the country. Assessment will be modelled in a way that children can develop and assess the skills they need in the 21st century.
The Education Ministry also said discussions with the states have revealed that most states support NEP’s proposal to hold board exams twice a year. One of these tests will help children improve their grades. Along with this, states have also agreed to give two types of exam papers for Mathematics – Standard Maths and Advanced Maths. An official of the Ministry of Education said, “This will reduce the fear of mathematics among children and encourage them to learn better.”