"The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth."
St. Paul School hosted one day Training on 6th Feb 2019 for CNSs, HEs, Evaluators, Centre Superintendents and Principals of the CBSE affiliated schools of Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Neemuch, Ratlam and Ujjain regarding the examination and Evaluation process of the AISSE and AISSCE 2019.
Over 200 Principals and CSs from different schools registered their names for the training programme apart from over 60 HEs and more than 900 Evaluators from various schools assembled together for this session. Pauline teachers competently signed up 1250 participants from different schools at Loyola Auditorium, Campion School, Bhopal.
From escorting the guests to the auditorium, till the feast, it was an initiative taken up by St. Paul School. Ms. Julie Thomas, the compèrer of the day actively streamlined the attendees and acted as a bridge between the resource persons and the participants.
The programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp followed by a prayer dance performed by the students of St. Joseph's Co-Ed School, Arera Colony, Bhopal and a welcome song by the teachers of St. Paul Co-Ed School.
The Principal of St. Paul CO-Ed School, Fr. Sebi Edattukaran CMI, the City Coordinator, delivered the welcome address. He quoted that the teachers are the torchbearers, best path makers and great innovators; therefore a greater obligation lies with the teachers to assess and evaluate the candidates impeccably.
Ms. Meenu Joshi, Deputy Secretary and the Regional Officer of the newly established Regional Office at Bhopal chaired the session. The resource persons for the occasion were Mr. Hilal Ahmed, Joint Secretary, Academics, CBSE Delhi and Mr. Abhishek Bajaj, Asstt. Secretary, Centre of Excellence, CBSE, Ajmer.
The primary objective for this gathering was to bring more credibility and transparency in the evaluation of the AISSE and AISSCE 2019.
Mr. Hilal Ahmed, Joint Secretary, Academics, CBSE Delhi, addressed the gathering and highlighted the responsibilities of the HE's and Evaluators regarding the precautions to be taken during evaluation, awarding marks, totaling and keeping strict adherence to the marking scheme.
He further highlighted the responsibilities of the HE's regarding the precautions to be taken during evaluation, awarding marks, totaling and uploading the marks on the link, doubt clearing sessions and keeping strict adherence to the marking scheme. Thereafter the responsibilities of the Evaluators were briefed out. He emphasized that a ZERO in words is to be written if the examinee does not deserve any mark as per the marking scheme. A DASH mark is to be indicated against the questions which are not attempted.
He exhorted to maximize the accountability of the examination and bring 100% accuracy in evaluation. He also discussed about the statistical details of Board exam and the Bye-laws of the Board "Mutatis Mutandis". He reiterated that though CBSE has provided the marking scheme - a guideline for evaluating the answer sheets – however the evaluators have also been given liberty to award marks for creative and innovative answers. The CBSE informed all its affiliated schools regarding the repercussions of not sending their teachers for the spot evaluation that may even lead to a hefty penalty and to the extent of de-affiliation of the school.
At the end Ms. Meenu Joshi, the Regional Officer thanked and appreciated Fr. Sebi Edattukaran CMI, Principal, St. Paul School and the newly appointed City Coordinator for taking the initiative in hosting this wonderful programme in such a short span of time successfully.
The programme concluded with the vote of thanks by Mr. Sojan Joseph, Secretary of Bhopal Sahodaya Complex, also the Principal of Fr. Agnel Co-Ed Sr. Sec. School, Bhopal. He thanked all the executive members of Sahodaya and praised the efforts taken up by Fr. Sebi Edattukaran, Principal St. Paul Co-Ed School, Bhopal and Dr. Fr. Athanas Lakhra, President of Bhopal Sahodaya Complex, Principal Campion School for bringing all the path makers, at the threshold of the beginning of board exams, under one roof.
St. Paul Core Committee members headed by the Vice-Principal Ms. Rony Joy and the staff members pooled their hands for the smooth functioning of the programme. They worked coherently during their off hours, days in advance, in close coordination looking into the arrangements of the stage, decoration, seating arrangements, food arrangement, placing placards, registration and quite a member of other things. They acted as the backbone of this prodigious event. The supporting staff of St. Paul skillfully extended their helping hands leaving no space for any complaints thereafter.
This training programme helped the participants to become pro-active and note the important changes, for it will be beneficial for them to develop an action plan that will serve as a frame work for using what they have learned during the session.
Hosting such programmes proactively gives an impression of an institution's dedication and augmentation in framing a good education system which is an investment in the field of knowledge.