An aptitude test ‘Tammana’ has been designed by NCERT in collaboration with the CBSE to enable the stakeholders to test the aptitude of the senior school students of class 9 and 10.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi, announced the development of 'Tamanna' (acronym for Try and Measure Aptitude and Natural Abilities).
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, sources reported that the test has been developed under the aegis of the ministry.
The aptitude test was piloted by the CBSE using 17000 class 9 and 10 students in the schools affiliated to it across the country.
The sources from the MHRD have clarified that the aptitude test is to enable the students and the teachers to know the strengths and weaknesses of students and it is not to be used or regarded as an assessment test with pass or fail standards.
The employment of the test has to be voluntary directed by the will of the aware student alone. It tests the aptitude for certain subjects, nonetheless it should not become the pretext for imposition of any particular subject, course or vocation on the students, neither should it become the reason for them being denied entry into any course in schools.
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' stated in a document accompanying the module, "Each student is unique and differs from another. Students vary in terms of their physical characteristics such as height, weight, strength as well as in their psychological attributes like intelligence, aptitude, interest, and personality."
"While, one may be outspoken another may be submissive, some may be creative and flexible while others may be precise and specific, while some may excel in expressing their views while some others may do well in reasoning with numbers. It is these variations which makes each student unique and sets the base for their behavioral differences in different situations," he added.
The development of the test has been reportedly very rigorous and it is hoped that it will set the trend for bringing the scholastic aptitude test in mainstream school education.
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