CBSE to conduct 10th & 12th Board exams on the same day in two shifts
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has proposed to hold the finals for classes 10 and 12 on same dates in two shifts. The decision was taken in order to reduce the examination time and give teachers enough time to check answer-scripts more thoroughly.The new plan was designed after the board met principals of some of the top schools in New Delhi and its satellite cities.The proposal is under review and the final decision will be taken soon.It has also been suggested that the board should ask students to suggest teachers who could be good evaluators. Another suggestion is to increase the remuneration of evaluators, at least by 20%, and to set a figure as to how many copies they need to check so that quality is maintained.
CBSE has more than 18,000 affiliated institutions which holds the two board exams usually from March first week. The exams run close to 45 days because of different subjects and separate time-tables for the two classes. The plan to set common dates for both exams, with Class 12 in the morning and Class 10 in the afternoon, is likely to decrease the overall duration of the finals.
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The CBSE has been criticized for its evaluation system. Although the board said it took extra care to examine the answer sheets, the possibility of human error cannot be completely ruled out.“A longer evaluation period will be better for students. This will give teachers more time to look at the answer sheets, maybe more teachers can look at them. This will ensure fewer errors,” a principal said. According to sources, most principals were against reevaluation or rechecking of answer-scripts, but won’t mind verification of marks.