The controversy over the method for calculating results is still going on as the CBSE prepares to release the results of the class 10, and class 12 board exams. Class 10 and class 12 were split into two terms for the first time in CBSE history. The curriculum was divided into two halves. During terms 1 and 2, the first half of the syllabus was covered in questions. Examinations for term 2 were subjective; term 1 exams were MCQ-based. The Board made the decision to arrange one exam before the typical exam season after having to announce results without exams the previous year.
Both tests were given because the COVID-19 was now under control. According to CBSE’s official message, results will cover term 1, term 2, and student performance on internal exams and in practicals. The board did not, however, define which word would be given how much weight. Students who missed one of the two terms for a legitimate reason will also receive their results, according to CBSE. How? It was ambiguous.
What have Other Boards Done?
Other boards that released their results based on two terms gave the teaching period a 40% weighting and the remaining 20% to internals or practicals. State and central boards typically adhere to the same pattern. Earlier, the CBSE had also suggested that both phrases might carry equivalent weight, but this was not well received by students and parents, who turned to online demonstrations.
Students and parents claim that many schools had helped students cheat during term 1 exams. CBSE Schools Management Association (CSMA) in Tamil Nadu had written a letter to CBSE claiming that some schools gave out question papers to students ahead of time. They also alleged that to write ‘c’ in the answer box, which would later be completed into ‘a’, ‘b’ or ‘d’, depending on what the correct answer was. This was an easy workaround as a smaller case ‘c’ can be changed into the other three letters.
The same-day checking procedures were later discontinued by CBSE, and in term 2, pupils were not assigned their respective schools as home centres. Parents and students have since launched an online campaign, arguing that it would be unjust to students who did not cheat to give term 1 examinations the same weight as term 2 exams.
What Term Is Better in This Situation?
Students also demand that CBSE either gives the highest weightage to internal assessment which will rank students based on their year-long performance. Students have also suggested giving the highest weightage to an internal assessment of as much as 50 per cent and the remaining 50 per cent should be divided among term 1 and term 2.
Students contend that in order to decrease the impact of the epidemic, grades might also be based on the student’s performance during the best term. This indicates that a standard formula can be applied, and each student can enter their term 1 or term 2 marks based on how well they performed. Additionally, this would guarantee that students who missed one of the two terms received a comparable evaluation system.