An association of private schools has written a letter to the Union’s Education Minister expressing concern that the introduction of the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) from the 2022-23 academic session may encourage “coaching culture” among students. . This comes after UGC chairman M Jagadesh Kumar said on Monday that central universities will have to use CUET scores to admit students into undergraduate programs and not the Class 12 grades.
The CUET’s syllabus will mirror the syllabus of the NCERT’s Class 12 model, Kumar had said. While the National Progressive Schools Conference (NPSC), an association of Senior Secondary School Principals in India and abroad, welcomed the move to introduce CUET, saying it will “remove the stress of appearing in multiple student admission tests”. it also signaled a number of different concerns, including the fact that it could encourage coaching culture.
The NPSC called for a “wide consultation process” with all stakeholders involved in school education. “While one of the goals of the implementation of CUET is to deal with high student grades from some state administrations, this problem could have been addressed differently by designing a rationalization structure to align them with CBSE,” the letter said. which was written on Thursday.
It also said that this group of students is currently preparing for CBSE’s Term II exams and that the prospect of appearing for CUET can be stressful for them. “…we therefore believe that the CUET could have been introduced next year to raise awareness among students who would have sufficient time to prepare themselves mentally for taking such a joint entrance examination after their final exams,” the statement reads. letter.
NPSC chairman Sudha Acharya said the fact that CUET will be based on NCERT books will encourage students of state administrations and ICSE to take coaching as they follow different books.
“The NEP 2020 aims to abolish the coaching culture. Unfortunately, not giving class XII a weighting will encourage the spread of coaching culture,” she said in the letter. Citing the example of the University of Delhi, which is likely to continue to score points in class 12 as an eligibility criterion for CUET, she said in such a situation, schools will become just a medium for clearing CUET.
“There will be no motivation or incentive for the students and teachers to give their best. The whole focus of NEP 2020 for school education has been diluted. To avoid this problem, it is essential that a minimum weight of 50 percent be assigned to the Council’s exam,” the letter reads.
The CUET will consist of three parts: compulsory language, 27 subject areas and a general test on quantitative reasoning, logical and analytical reasoning, numerical proficiency, and general knowledge and current affairs. “Students who have no talent for mathematics or numerical or quantitative reasoning will find it difficult to score well in the third part without coaching. In addition, students who want to move from one stream to another for college admissions will have extreme difficulty choosing a subject in the CUET,” she said.
Calling this a misconception, NTA Director General Vineet Joshi told ThePrint: “We don’t want to encourage the coaching culture, students don’t have to take coaching classes to pass the CUET exam. Whatever part of the questions will be based on books of the NCERT and the state administration syllabus.”
“There is a misconception that we will only use NCERT books to form the question papers…that’s not true. We’re also looking at other syllabi from the question paper board.”
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