Unable to come to a decision about choosing marks or awarding grades to SSC (Secondary School Certificate) students, Audimulapu Suresh, Education Minister, has declared that in Andhra Pradesh the students will be allotted promotion based on formative assessments and other internal evaluations.
“All schools have four stages of formative assessment and two stages of comprehensive continuous evaluation. As all the four stages of the former and one stage of the latter are completed, the students will be promoted on the basis of these five tests. However, we are yet to decide whether to score them according to marks or grades. Once the results are out, the students can go ahead with the regular procedure of admissions for higher education,” commented Suresh to Press.
The state has cancelled SSC examinations following requests from several parents’ associations. The decision comes amidst worsening pandemic situation and subsequent health risks to students and examiners.
“This year, there are several challenges that the entire country is facing, especially in the field of education. The Centre had also suggested cancelling examinations. We are trying our best to do justice to the students,” expressed Suresh commenting on the present situation that will leave a considerable impact on the state’s youths.
“Considering the pandemic, cancellation of examinations was a must to prevent spread of the virus. But promoting students on the basis of internal assessments could lead to a huge increase in the dropout rate over the next two academic years. Especially, there might be a significant increase in dropout rate among girls as many still are not okay with their daughters studying beyond school. The government must see the bigger picture. In my view, a common grading system followed by an entrance exam for each field will be a better approach,” said Suresh.