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Experts term CBSE's Class XII evaluation formula 'time-bound' but 'far from fair'

Experts term CBSE's Class XII evaluation formula 'time-bound' but 'far from fair'

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New Delhi, June 17

The evaluation formula decided by CBSE for Class XII students has evoked mixed reaction from experts with some hailing it as an "unbiased and time-bound" method and others terming it "far from being fair", saying students showing progress over a period of time will be at disadvantage.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) informed the Supreme Court on Thursday that it will be adopting a 30:30:40 formula for evaluation of marks for Class XII students based on results of Class X, XI and XII, respectively.

Thirty per cent marks will be based on Class X board exam, another 30 per cent from Class XI and 40 per cent marks based on the performance in the unit, mid-term and pre-board tests of Class XII.

The exams for Class XII were cancelled by CBSE on June 1 in view of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The proposed methodology may seriously disadvantage students showing progress over a period of time. CBSE, as a system, has never rewarded consistency in performance. It was built on the concept of one high-stakes exam.

"To begin with, that is a wrong system. One cannot try to correct it with this kind of criterion, especially so in a year when the students have gone through so much trauma. The evaluation criteria released by CBSE for class 10 was far superior," said Manit Jain, Chairman, FICCI ARISE, a collegium of stakeholders aimed at promoting quality education.

According to Vishnu Kartik, CEO of The Heritage schools, the criteria decided by CBSE achieves the limited objective of providing a time-bound implementable framework but it is far from being a fair and accurate methodology.

"The alternative formula for arriving at Class XII Board exams is simple to implement and easy to understand. It achieves the limited objective of providing a time-bound implementable framework. But is it a fair and near accurate methodology? Far from it. Our past data shows that performance in class XI or X is not a reasonable prediction of performance in Class XII.

"There is no scientific reason to include the 'best of three' class X scores as it has no impact on many Class XII subjects," he said.

The silver lining of this proposed formula is in the hope that it can drive some long-term structural and cultural reforms. For one, the suggested external moderation committee will bring in much-needed accountability in schools to strengthen internal assessment processes and hopefully, students realise the need to learn consistently across grades and not just for the final exams, Kartik said.

Rajat Goel, the Director of MRG School in Rohini said the criterion declared by CBSE and approved by the Supreme Court raises questions on some very important aspects. 

"Students tend to get a little relaxed in Class XI, hence the average passing percentage is slightly on the lower end. Apart from this, subjects in Class X like social science, and no demarcation of physics, chemistry and maths are entirely different from the ones in Class XII. 

"Additionally, there are vocational subjects like fine arts, physical education as well as in Class XII which gives students a chance to increase their overall score. All of this considered, this new evaluation criteria has stirred some relevant doubts and appear as not a fair assessment method for students seeking to build their future with these marks as a foundation," he said.

The board has decided that for Class X, the marks based on the average theory component of the best three performing subjects of the main five subjects would be considered and their weightage would be 30 per cent.

Shishir Jaipuria, the chairman of Seth Anandram Jaipuria Group of Educational Institutions said the decision to base 30 per cent marks on the best-of-three subjects in Class X is a good one because the board exams provided a standard assessment.

"Classes XI and XII have integrated syllabus, and considering a student's performance in these classes makes it a very comprehensive evaluation. Moderation of classes XI and XII marks is a relief to those students who could not perform well. I believe that a combination of these three should provide a reasonably fair assessment and reduce chances of a discrepancy between a student's academic potential and marks allotted," he said. PTI 


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