Staff Reporter :
Finally, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) released its Objective Criterion on the basis of which students of class 10 will be promoted to next class. Owing to COVID-19 spike, the board has cancelled the class 10 board examination and postponed the class 12 examination. As per the circular of CBSE, the basic break-up of marks provided by the board is as follows: 20 marks based on Internal Assessment which has already been conducted by most schools with marks already uploaded, 10 marks for Periodic/Unit Test, 30 for Half Yearly/Mid-Term Examinations, and 40 marks for Pre-Board Examinations. However, the board also had to account for a range of different possibilities in different schools.
“There are some schools where one or more of the above three categories of tests/exams have not been conducted. Further, there may be differences in terms of the mode of examination that is online/offline. Also, it is possible that some of the students may not have appeared in any or some of the examinations conducted by schools,” stated the issued circular. At the centre of the assessment process this time are ‘Result Committees’ which are to be formed in every school. These committees will comprise the principal, five teachers from mathematics, social sciences, science and two languages, and two teachers from neighboring schools as external members. It has been left to these committees to draw up a criterion of 80 marks through a ‘rationale document’ for in cases where all tests have not been conducted or where students have not appeared for the assessment.
According to the board’s policy, the subject-wise marks assessed by the school for 2021 should be within a range of 2 marks obtained by the school in the reference year. Along with this, “The overall average marks for the school assessed in 2021, for all 5 main subjects, should not exceed the overall average marks obtained by the school in the reference year. This system is expected to provide a reasonably reliable, unbiased and fair reference standard based on the school’s own past performance”. Jaya Mishra, Principal of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Durg and coordinator of CBSE in district stated that board has cleared it will apply its policy of awarding grace marks to those who do not meet qualifying criterion. If a child is still not able to meet the criterion after grace marks, they will be placed in ‘Essential Repeat’ or ‘Compartment’ category.