The Central Board of Secondary Education has decided to conduct Aptitude test to help students of class 9 and 10 to make important career choices. The Board has come up with this idea to help innumerable students of class 9 and 10 to find their strengths and weaknesses before they decide about their career. This move of the CBSE Board will not only help the students but also the parents, teachers and school administrators to provide required support to the students.
The board announced its decision to conduct Know Your Aptitude (KYA) through a circular sent on January 10th. The Circular reads: ‘Know Your Aptitude (KYA) will help students understand their strengths and limitations before making important career choices. The test ‘would also help parents, teachers and the school administrators to extend support to the student while making such decisions.’
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) developed this aptitude test. The test can be conducted by the teachers at their respective schools. The schools are required to download the materials related to the test such as test guides, manual, test booklet and answer sheets which are made available on the CBSE website from January 29th, 2019.
The students are supposed to go through the test on a day selected by the school authorities. After the examination, the answer sheets will be evaluated by the teachers of the school on the basis of the scoring guidelines that are issued by the CBSE Board. The schools can choose to send a report on how the test was conducted but are not required to share any individual information of the students with the board. The test is voluntary and the CBSE board has ensured to inform the same to all.
The school authorities also extended happiness with this move of the CBSE Board as it will not only benefit the students but also help the schools to avoid paying for aptitude tests provided by private agencies. A school principal in Andheri expressed his views that this move will make the process easy for the students as well.
The state education department has been conducting “Kal chachani” an aptitude test from the past three years to help the students of the state to make a short list of career options after passing the board exams. These tests were conducted online and schools used their computers for the task. However, now, the schools are supposed to use the smartphone app from this year.
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