Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty, CBSE has changed the way it conducts board exams. For the academic batch 2021-22, there will be two board exams – it will be called term-I and term-II exams, respectively. Each exam will be held on 50 percent syllabus delivered to students in the said term.
10 POINTS TO KNOW WHAT CBSE HAS CHANGED ON BOARD EXAM
- Schools will continue teaching in distance or online mode for the new sessions. The online classes will continue “till the authorities permit in-person mode of teaching in schools” and the syllabus for the Board examination 2021-22 will be rationalized
- Not Just the term-I and II exams, the internal assessment will be given more credit, and data collection will start from the beginning of the new academic year onwards. Schools will create a student profile for all assessments undertaken over the year.
- For classes 9 to 10, three periodic tests, student enrichment, portfolio, and practical work, speaking listening activities will be conducted. For classes 11 and 12 the internal assessment will include unit tests at end of every topic, exploratory activities, practical, and projects.
- CBSE will facilitate schools to upload marks of Internal Assessment on the CBSE IT platform.
- The exams will be conducted under the supervision of external center superintendents and observers appointed by CBSE and Question Papers will be sent by the CBSE to schools along with marking scheme. This I term examination would be held around November December and Term II will be in March-April 2022.
- The paper will be of 2 hours duration and have questions of different formats (case-based/ situation based, open ended- short answer/ long answer type).
- In case the situation is not conducive for normal descriptive examination a 90-minute MCQ based exam will be conducted at the end of the Term II also.
- In case the Covid situation improves and students are able to come to schools or centres for taking the exams, CBSE will conduct Term 1 and Term 2 examinations at schools or centres and the theory marks will be distributed equally between the two exams.
- In case the situation of the pandemic forces complete closure of schools during March-April 2022, but Term I exams are held at schools or centres, results would be based on the performance of students on Term I MCQ based examination and internal assessments.
- In case the situation of the pandemic forces complete closure of schools results would be computed on the basis of the internal assessment, practical, project work and theory marks of term 1 and 2 exams taken by the candidate from home in Class 10 and 12 subject to the moderation or other measures to ensure validity and reliability of the assessment.
This will create a balanced assessment approach for the students but the only drawback seen is that students will have to undergo two times board exams pressure. The details of planning and execution will be released soon by the board.
Dr Manjeet Jain
Principal – Jain Heritage School – Belagavi
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