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Pupils assess education in terms of success in examinations. Strange that this was stated by the Mudaliar Commission in 1952 Reforms in the past have focused on the mechanics of conducting examinationsnot on the content and purposes Switching from essay type questions to objective type questions is one such The common refrain is that this has made the conduct of examinations a bureaucratic phenomenonnot a professional one With fixed answers and predetermined model answers even for questions where children have to write phrases and sentencesthe job can be done mechanicallymaking the professional capability of a teacher redundant In realityschool boards have tried to do away with all complexities of learner evaluation Objectivity in the public eye is the sole criterion The CBSE proposal to reintroduce essay type questions and reduce dependence on memorisation is a welcome step Remember that this is supposed to evaluate the learners accomplishments in 12 long years of schooling Ideallyone should profile the trajectory of each students progress This can be done only by those who teach children over the years Will the proposed change lead the public to repose their faith again in the teachers ability to be objective and professional in evaluating their students The current proposal by the CBSE must be seen in conjunction with another reform recently introduced by the board Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)giving weightage to school-based assessment by teachers What is intendedwhat is understood by the teachers and what happens in reality the three could be at variance with one another Synchronising the three cannot be done through official notifications But public examinations and admission tests have assumed so much importance that schools are under pressure to prepare the students to face them rather than focusing on personal growth Strangelythe public seems to have greater confidence in external examinations than in assessment by teachers Historicallythe imperial administration organised state-controlled examinations to project in the public mind an image of British justice and impartiality In the system of education established by themwhile Indians were included as teacherstheir role as evaluators was grossly underplayed It was considered necessary to have examinations conducted by outsiderspreferably British Have we overcome this colonial hangover Continuous undermining of the role of teachers has led to the erosion of their credibility as evaluators Public perception of poor accountability and teachers indifference has accentuated this In this contextefforts like the CCE under the Right to Education Act and the CBSEs move to include internal assessment in the board results must be recognised But will schools and teachers implement the policy sincerely and adopt credible practices This alone will decide the survival of these new initiatives Evaluationlike teachingmust be a human contract between student and teacherbetween society and the educational institution But our examination system has taken away the human face of education For the millions who fail to make the gradeschool or college is an experience they would rather forget Bringing back this human face requires many changes in the examination establishment Examination has to become a creative phenomenonnot a routine mechanical one and teachers have to regain their role as credible evaluators The writer is vice-chancellorNational University of Educational Planning and [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Published: April 30 2016 12:02 am Our visa framework has been a standing testament to our lack of confidence in our liberal democracy Related News The Indian government’s handling of the issue of visas to Chinese “activists” like Dolkun Isa Ray Wong and Lu Jinghua has shown our systems and strategy in poor light Let us for a moment accept the ministry of external affairs’ (MEA’s) explanation that there was a sound technical basis for revoking the visas of these individuals But visa policy and practice are seldom only about technicalities The way in which we have invoked the technicality argument has actually exposed the brittleness of our system Consider the most prosaic matter first In this day and age with investments in databases and surveillance it boggles the mind that the Indian government discovered whom it was granting the visa to what political baggage they might be carrying after the fact If Interpol notices are flagged in our systems after the visa has been granted we come out looking as either administratively incompetent or dissimulating This is particularly true in a system of visa granting where the scrutiny of Chinese or Pakistani applicants is supposedly incredibly labyrinthine and complicated If these systems allow such apparently easy slip-ups between the ministry of home affairs (MHA) and the MEA as is being claimed one wonders what the backend of our process is like especially when the frontend has been made so complicated The first rule of exercising power in the international system is that your knowledge bases must prevent you from making repeated mistakes in the first place; cleaning up messes is symbolically and politically more costly No wonder few are willing to take the Indian government at its word Second our visa framework has been a standing testament to our lack of confidence in our liberal democracy It is no secret that getting conference visas is onerous It is also no secret that our own government officials used to be frustrated by the government’s capriciousness in processing conference visas and would advise applicants to get tourist visas Perhaps it is a good thing that we are moving away from this “don’t ask don’t tell” policy that prevailed But for a liberal democracy we should be ashamed of our suspicion of anything to do with ideas Consultants people who move around money lobbyists arms traders corporate business and tourists who keep their mouth shut do not go through the kind of scrutiny that people coming to “conferences” do The scandal is that Indian institutions are still required to take permission from the MHA for conferences: It is as if anyonewho deals with ideas is inherently the object of suspicion more than anyone who deals with money Admittedly a few people who get in might have nutty ideas But we should have enough confidence that open countervailing arguments will defeat them But our process of conference visas itself often costs us the goodwill of many in the world of ideas who are India’s real friends But most importantly the very technicality the MEA is rightly invoking the distinction between how tourists and businessmen are treated and how those who trade in ideas are treated exposes our paranoia This paranoia was enshrined by the Congress and continues to this day despite the fact that on issues like electronic visas this government has taken welcome steps Third and most importantly this episode has exposed the lack of a framework in our visa regime Of course sometimes countries have to respond to circumstances and granting visas can be an instrument of international diplomacy But behind it there needs to be a framework of principles that guides our policy; you cannot be entirely transactional and have credibility Whatever the technical explanations given by the government the fact is that we framed a political narrative around a new-formed machismo: We can stand up to China The government sought to politically insinuate this at any rate But it does look like we ate humble pie If we are being honest we have to admit that dealing with China is not going to be easy on a number of issues where our values clash But more seriously what does standing up to China actually mean Does it mean giving a visa to someone whom the Chinese might not like Or should it mean standing up for the values that should set us apart from China: A lack of fear in the space of ideas openness to dissidents and so forth We already lost the plot by defining “standing up to China” in the former manner The problem with short-term machismo realism is that it fails to understand the foundations of long-term power Of course we regulate the entry of people on various watchlists or those who might pose clear and imminent danger and so forth But is it a healthy policy for a liberal democracy to deny people visas for research they might do or ideas they might have How much more respect and credibility we would gain if we said we do not target people for their political positions The sad fact is that we do and this is what the world will take away from this episode The irony is that we come across as trying to compete with China by being China Surely that is not a winning strategy for India Finally if we are prepared to signal playing the short-term tough-love game with China we better be fully prepared for it First if there is a change of course have you thought through as many contingencies as possible before acting Second governments have still not understood the need for putting out credible and authoritative narratives of what they are up to The public perception is that particularly with our neighbours we now oscillate from gestures of reconciliation and then when rebuffed feel the need to show knee-jerk resistance This might be unfair to the MEA but it is hard to shake off the perception that our diplomacy is focused more on being tactical on being seen to do things than on the larger framework Perhaps there is a secret understanding this fiasco has produced But then the problem with trying to keep too many secrets is that you will always end up looking a bit too clever by half That is how we come across But finally in dealing with China the issue is not just how we deal with their power It is also whether we know what we stand for It is not clear that we do The writer is president Centre for Policy Research Delhi and contributing editor ‘The Indian Express’ For all the 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