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New evaluation system may affect polytechnic education
 GUWAHATI, Oct 12 - In a move that is likely to benefit some circles, the State government has introduced an examination evaluation system (EES) in the polytechnic institutes, which – it is feared – will ruin the entire polytechnic education system of the State.

According to information available with this newspaper, the new evaluation system has made the marks required to declare a student successful in his or her theory paper in the semester examinations redundant. It has made it mandatory for a student to secure 30 marks in total to become successful, without mentioning the break-up of the minimum marks required to be eligible to pass the examinations in both the theory and sessional parts.

As per the prevalent system, a polytechnic student should secure at least 21 out of 70 marks and nine out of 30 marks respectively in the theory and sessional parts to pass the first and second semester examinations.

In the end semester examinations, between the third and sixth semesters, a student should get 28 out of 70 and 15 out of 30 in the theory and sessional parts as per the prevailing rule. But according to the new scheme, a student may be declared passed if he or she gets three out of 70 and 30 out of 30 in the theory and sessional parts respectively.

The new rules were hurriedly notified by the State’s Director of Technical Education on September 21, 2017 “as a part of the Comprehensive Reform Agenda and as resolved in the workshop on ‘Aligning Polytechnics toward Skill and Competency Based Learning’ held on 20/09/2017.”

The notification has also stated that the new evaluation system will be implemented with immediate effect covering the semester end examinations (up to 4th semester) already held in May, 2017 and the “results will be re-declared” as per the new evaluation system.

It is alleged that this attempt at giving effect to the new examination evaluation system even in the case of the semester end examinations between the first and fourth semesters already held in May 2017, is contrary to all the norms of education prevailing in the country.

Also, this system is introduced allegedly without there being a thorough discussion. Besides, there is allegedly no approval obtained from the State Council of Technical Education (SCTE) to introduce it. The SCTE is headed by the Education Minister of the State.

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