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Policy Implications for Competency-based Assessment

Prof K Ramachandran

Prof. K. Ramachandran, Professor, NIEPA is an eminent educationist. He is, at present, working as Advisor, India-Africa Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (IAIEPA), National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), New Delhi. During the period 1990-2008, he worked with UNICEF as Senior Education Specialist and Senior Programme Coordinator. Prior to this, he was a member of faculty of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi (from 1975 to 1990)". He has contributed in preparing many reports on state of education in India including “India : Education for All – Towards Quality with Equity” and “Teachers in Indian Education System – How We Manage Teacher Work Force in India”.

There are two words we use in assessment. The first word is skills, the second is competencies. Quite often we say competencies and skills are used interchangeably. But there is a slight difference. Skills refers to the relevant knowledge and experience needed to perform a specific task or a job.Competencies are slightly above that and refer to not just skills but also knowledge, attitude and mindset. That apart it includes various soft skills associated with various fields of learning, work or ...

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