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PARAKH A new regulator for ‘uniformity’ in all board exams

PARAKH -A new regulator for ‘uniformity’ in all board exams- Relevance for UPSC Exam

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The Centre is planning to draw up a benchmark framework ‘PARAKH’ to assess students at the secondary and higher secondary level to bring about “uniformity” across state and central boards.

What is PARAKH?

  • PARAKH stands for Performance Assessment, Review and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development.
  • The proposed regulator will act as a constituent unit of the NCERT.
  • It will also be tasked with holding periodic learning outcome tests like the National Achievement Survey (NAS) and State Achievement Surveys.
  • The benchmark assessment framework will seek to put an end to the emphasis on rote learning, as envisaged by the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
  • PARAKH, the proposed implementing agency, is also part of the NEP proposal.

Response from States

  • Most states endorsed the proposal to hold board exams twice a year, including one for helping students improve their scores.
  • States are also on board regarding a proposal to offer two types of papers on mathematics — a standard exam, and another to test higher level competency.
  • It will help reduce the fear of maths among students and encourage learning.

Significance of PARAKH

  • PARAKH will help tackle the problem of students of some state boards being at a disadvantage during college admissions as compared to their peers in CBSE schools.
  • It will develop and implement “technical standards for the design, conduct, analysis and reporting” of tests at all levels of school education.
  • PARAKH will eventually become the national single-window source for all assessment related information and expertise, with a mandate to support learning assessment in all forms, both nationally and where applicable, internationally.

 

 

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FAQs

What does PARAKH stands for?

PARAKH stands for Performance Assessment, Review and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development

Under which organization PARAKH will be implemented?

The proposed PARAKH will act as a constituent unit of the NCERT.

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