By HT School Web Desk, Jun 17, 2021 17:00
Students breathe a sigh of relief as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) finally submits the evaluation criteria for Class XII students in the Supreme court. Amidst the ongoing pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the cancellation of Board exams 2021 on 1st June and had constituted a committee to determine the marking scheme for evaluating Class XII this year.
The Centre informed the Supreme Court today that CBSE will adopt the 30:30:40 formula for evaluating Class XII students. Under this formula, 30% marks each will be derived from the best three performing subjects in Class 10th final exams and Class 11th final exam whereas, 40% marks will be derived from unit tests/mid-term/pre-board exams in Class 12. Moreover, a provision has also been made for the students who are not satisfied with the evaluation formula. They will be allowed to appear for examinations when the situation swings back to normalcy.
Attorney General K.K Venugopal represented the Centre and announced the decision by CBSE in front of a bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari. The Apex Court suggested the Attorney General to come up with modalities for grievance resolving mechanism. The Bench also emphasised on the need for preparing a timeline for the declaration of Class 12 results and proposed examination date for unsatisfied students. Besides this, it also notified the rejection of some petitions filed to oppose the Government’s decision to cancel the exams for class 12th.
In view of the recommendations made by the Bench, it has been decided that the results will be announced on 31st July. Two committees will also be formed in every school: Result Committee and Moderation Committee. Result Committee will aim to rule out the advantage to students in some schools, which traditionally gives high marks to students. On the other hand, Moderation Committee will look into the difference in marking mechanism adopted by various schools. These two committees will work with each other in close synchronisation.
The Court has announced that it will now hear the matter on June 20 again to analyse other suggestions that could be placed before CBSE for consideration. It will also hear petitions for the cancellation of class 12th state board exams in Punjab, Assam, Tripura and Andhra Pradesh. Till now, 18 states have cancelled the board exams and 6 states have already conducted it.
Following CBSE’s decision to evaluate students based on their academic performance from the last three years, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations also announced that their criteria will be similar. They will evaluate students based on their last six years’ academic performance. The Court has accepted their proposal.