Sat. Mar 25th, 2023

The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has notified the country’s first national assessment regulator, PARAKH in order to bring about a nationwide standardised assessment process among all the education boards across the country. In this direction, PARAKH would work in close coordination with different central and state education boards in order to enable them to evolve standardised assessment practices. In addition to this, PARAKH would also work to ensure that all the boards have a standardised curriculum and train teachers on common parameters. The national assessment regulator would focus on three major areas that are large-scale assessments, school-based assessment, and examination reforms. PARAKH would be established as an independent centre within NCERT.
Speaking to Education Times, Indrani Bhaduri, professor and head, Educational Survey Division of NCERT, says, “Due to different assessment practices followed by the school education boards, students face inequalities that are visible in their achievements during competitive exams at all India level and also while getting admission to the institutions of excellence. It cuts both ways as lenient marking by any particular board may make their students at a position of advantage irrespective of the actual development of their skill, knowledge, and attitude. Bringing equivalence is not only limited to board results, but also intends to standardise the comprehensive mechanism of educational transactions including curriculum, teacher training, physical and infrastructural facilities and similarities in assessment protocols.”
Biswajit Saha, director, CBSE, says, “Setting up of PARAKH would make the school educational ecosystem in the country further qualitative. NEP 2020 mandates the setting up of PARAKH to bring equity among all the school educational boards across the country. Importantly, PARAKH would be instrumental in bringing equity within the assessment practice that is followed for assessing the students studying in secondary classes. For instance, if a particular board has awarded 80% marks to the student and there is a provision of curtailment of marks for admission to a particular college, it would be disadvantageous to the students. Also, it is not the student’s fault that they passed out of a particular state or international board for which there exists a provision of curtailment of marks at the time of the admission process. Hence, PARAKH would be instrumental in bringing parity among all the school education boards in the country which will be in the academic interest of students too.”

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