The Mizoram government is trying to re-introduce the Middle School Leaving Certificate (MSLC) board examination after a gap of about 10 years, an official promulgated.
“By re-introducing MSLC exams, we are trying to restructure the existing CCE system in accordance with the local ethos and to suit the Mizo students. This does not mean that we are totally rejecting the CCE system,” School Education Department secretary Esther Lalruatkimisaid.
She affirmed PTI that the MSLC will be re-introduced in class-8 from the new academic session 2020-21 to promote quality education. She stated that the existing continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) mandated by Right to Education (RTE) act does not benefit Mizo students.
“Our main objective in re-introducing MSLC exams is to promote quality education. We hope that the system will motivate the students to pay attention to their studies,” she said.
Previously, the MSLC exams were conducted by the Mizoram Board of School Education (MBSE) and the last such exam was held in 2009.
According to the secretary, under the new system, the MSLC examination will be held in the district level under the supervision of the State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) where students will be asked to answer common questions. Answers papers will be checked and evaluated and results will be declared by respective districts on their own, she stated.
Quoting the latest survey conducted during 2018-19, Lalruatkimi said that there are a total of 1,553 middle schools across the state. There are 90,567 students and 9,096 teachers in the middle schools and the teacher-pupil ratio is 1:10, she detailed. Moreover, they are taking an enormous effort to make a quality education in their state.
She said that in the last class 10 and class 12 board exams questions were set in such a manner as to test the understanding level of the students in order to do away with the age old habit of “learn by heart.”
Among others, the school education department has also restarted. The mass school inspection which was stopped a few years ago. Now again it conducted enrollment drive, re-structured school textbook to suit Mizo culture as permitted by NCERT. The distributed free textbooks and recruited about 800 muster roll teachers to improve education in the state, she added.
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