Amid the second wave of covid in India, the government decided to cancel the board exams of class 12th to ensure safety and health of the students.
Class 12 results are going to be declared by July 31. The results will be based on students’ performance over 3 years or from class 10, the Central Board of education (CBSE) told the Supreme Court with regard to cancellation of exams due to the Covid crisis. The total marks ought to be supported by the past performance of the student at school in twelve board exams, it said “The historical performance of the school, in terms of the best overall performance in the previous three years’ Board examination, will be taken as the reference for moderating the marks assessed by the school for 2020-21,” the Board has said.
Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the CBSE, ensured the court, that a ‘moderation committee’ will be set up for schools who give liberal marks just for the sake of boosting their performance. Mr Venugopal said, the committee will comprise of two of the senior most teachers of the school and a third expert, if necessary. The CBSE told the bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari, the score plan which comprises of about 40% marks based on class 12th pre-board examination, 30% marks based on class 11th final examination and rest 30% marks based on best of three Class 10 marks. Practical examination will comprise of 100 marks submitted by respective schools and assessed by the 12 member committee constituted by CBSE.
“If a student is unable to meet the qualifying criteria – now spread across three years of study – they will be placed in the ‘essential repeat’ or ‘compartment’ category. Students who are not satisfied can appear again when the CBSE conducts Class 12 board exams,” Mr Venugopal told the court.
The Supreme Court has agreed with the score plan decided by central education board. Unlike CBSE, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE), expressed that it would be considering the performance of students for the last six classes.
During the hearing of the case, the bench demanded that there should be a dispute resolution panel for students who want correction or revision of final results. They said that, timelines shall be given to students as to when the results would be declared and when the optional exams would be conducted.
“There has to be some outer date. Optional examination will also be specified. Subject to conducive situations and logistical issues,” the bench said.
“We will certainly do so. This is the totality of it. We will note down the suggestions and consider them seriously,” Mr Venugopal said.
The Supreme Court provided both CBSE and CISCE two weeks to come up with objective criteria to mark Class 12 students, who are in urgent need of these results to apply for college and competitive exams. The court will hear the case again on Monday, June 21.
Without any further delay, a committee was formed by the boards to work on the CBSE Class 12 evaluation criteria.