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Are Assessments Only About Exams And Grades?

Should assessments be confined to exams and tests, or should they be a part of a roadmap for each child to learn and succeed? A well-known principal from a top school in Bengaluru, shares his views.

By Venkata Suresh Lolla

The word ‘assessment’, commonly misinterpreted as ‘exams’, is loved by a few, but is a nightmare for many, especially in the first three months of every year in India. Children have a tough time growing up. ‘Assessments’ and ‘exams’, as society and schools understand them today, only make children edgy, adding to their phobia, biases and even withdrawal from the society. Depression in teenagers and suicidal tendencies are a fallout of this system. So, what’s the right ‘assessment’ of evaluation tools?

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