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Formative system of evaluation for education
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 7 (NPN):
Published on 8 Oct. 2010 1:05 AM IST
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Minister for urban development and higher education, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu on Thursday underlined the need for educational institutions to adopt formative system of evaluation at the earliest.
Stating this during a seminar on evaluation process in Nagaland held at Kohima College, Dr. Shürhozelie said that formative system of evaluation was an inbuilt system done in the course of instruction with a view to improve students’ learning. For the teaching community to implement the system effectively, he said, the state has to create sufficient awareness by organizing orientation courses, seminars etc.
He said that a formative system was a continuous process of evaluation throughout the course giving chance to teachers to suggest remedial measures to students. Dr. Shürhozelie stated that education institutions in Nagaland should rise above the old system of ‘examination oriented’ education and implement new system of evaluation. He also emphasized on the need for teachers to diagnose the underlying causes of students’ weaknesses and suggest remedial measures.
While maintaining that seminar on evaluation process was an indication of the advanced thinking of teaching faculty towards development of qualitative improvement of higher education, the chief guest also stated that effective and efficient participation of teachers was required to successfully implement plans. For this, he encouraged creation of awareness on teachers on the need and importance of evaluation.
Giving a presentation on ‘evaluation and assessment in higher education: the issues and concerns,’ Prof A.K. Mishra, department of commerce, Nagaland University, said that the present day education was examination orientated with an end term of annual examination system which proved only the memory of a student and does not comprehensively evaluate the performance of a student. To award a degree objectively, Prof Mishra said, the system of evaluation and assessment should have dimensions such as knowledge in the subject, application of knowledge and aptitude for research, abilities for quick decision making and entrepreneurial attitude. He also suggested that weightage of internal assessment be given 30% and external 70%. He further suggested that institutions imparting higher education introduce semester system of examinations in lieu of annual system with Choice Based Credit System, creation of examination and evaluation cell in all colleges, revamping of course curriculum including integration programme encompassing graduate and post graduate course be introduced in selected colleges and course curriculum be premised on foundation course, core course and applied course.
Academic dean of Patkai Christian College, Dr. R. K. Behera, who spoke on “evaluation process in Nagaland” said that the traditional practice of evaluation through written examination does not reflect true ability of the students.
Examination is only a memory test where skills, understanding and problem solving qualities are not evaluated accurately, he said. As education is a continuous process, Dr. Behera said that evaluation has to be continuous with implementation of systems such as comprehensive evaluation which not only evaluates scholastic areas but also co-scholastic aspects of growth and development. He further informed that the University Grants Commission has asked all universities in the country to conduct semester examinations every six months, instead of the yearly non-semester exams, which would help students take up examinations with less syllabi.
Presenting an introduction to the seminar, Dr. P. S. Lorin, principal Tetso College said that the seminar was initiated with an aim to diagnose present marking system of North East state universities and boards in comparison with other universities, and also to educate and train teaching faculty on student friendly marking system. He expressed hope that the seminar would make headway into streamlining evaluation system and lay ground works for concerted effective action.
During the programme, there was a panel discussion and report presentation followed technical session. Lecturers and principals from NU and various colleges in Nagaland attended the seminar. The seminar was jointly organized by Kohima College, Nagaland College Principals’ Forum and All Nagaland College Students’ Union and sponsored by Nagaland College Princials’ Forum and University Grants Commission, NERO.

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