Maharashtra SSC Results 2021: ‘Messaging app and home visits used for Class X evaluation’

MUMBAI: Home visits to evaluate students and assessment on a messaging platform were some of the methods adopted by schools for Class X after their exams were cancelled last month, reveals data shared by the state.

Close to half or 12,298 schools across 36 districts out of a total of 25,927 said they focused on the assessment method ‘Swadhyay’ which uses a messaging app to evaluate students. Some 7,352 schools said they had conducted home visits to assess the students. Fifty per cent schools have shared details of their assessment methods so far.

In Mumbai, 749 of the 800 schools that have submitted their assessment said they evaluated students on the messaging platform, in addition to online tests. More than 500 schools in Mumbai conducted offline tests and 325 told the state they visited students’ homes for evaluation.


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A state official said the submitted data is based on schools’ self-assessment. After cancelling the Class X exams, the state has been working out a methodology to score students so they can proceed with college admissions. The state sought schools’ assessment methods to help decide on whether to proceed with internal evaluation. CBSE schools have already begun internal assessment of students.

The state launched the messaging-based assessment in November 2020. Students had to register their mobile numbers. A questionnaire was sent on their numbers every Saturday. Students had to answer the 10-mark questionnaire, which included topics covered during the week. The assessment report was given the same day. This method was adopted for all classes.

“Aided and government schools found it easier to go with the messaging app assessment. Private schools have followed the offline school timetable and focused on video-communication apps which made learning more real,” said the principal of a Byculla school.

Thane district came last among schools reluctant to submit their assessment methods. Merely 24% of the 1,502 schools in Thane provided details of how students were evaluated.

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