PAREKH: Govt proposes a new regulator for ‘uniformity’ in all board exams

Source: The post is based on the article “PAREKH: Govt proposes a new regulator for ‘uniformity’ in all board exams” published in Indian Express on 1st September 2022.

What is the News?

The Union government is planning to set up a national regulator PAREKH for achieving a benchmark framework to assess students at the secondary and higher secondary level.

What is PAREKH?

Full-Form: PAREKH stands for Performance Assessment, Review and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development.

It will act as a constituent unit of the NCERT.

Mandate: It will be tasked with holding periodic learning outcome tests like the National Achievement Survey(NAS) and State Achievement Surveys.

Objectives: To encourage and help school boards to shift their assessment patterns toward meeting the skill requirements of the 21st century.

– To bring uniformity across the state and central boards which currently follow different standards of evaluation, leading to wide disparities in scores.

– To put an end to the emphasis on rote learning, as envisaged by the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

Composition: Its team will consist of leading assessment experts with a deep understanding of the education system in India and internationally.

Significance: PAREKH 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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