The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has canceled the Class 10 Board Exams. The decision was taken in a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Students now will not have any board exams and will be promoted to the next class based on a special criterion, termed as “an objective criterion”
The term ‘objective criterion has created a dilemma among the students. Technically, objective criteria are a piece of information that is prepared on the common benefits for both parties. In this case, it will be beneficial for students and as well as CBSE.
The details on what the exact criterion are not yet shared by the Board. The criteria will be developed by CBSE and announced, when finalized. But, after discussing many academicians I think the few of possible objective criteria may be as follow:
1. The Board may award the marks based on the average of the highest marks obtained by students in the internal or practical assessment. This year, no exam is being held. So, there are high chances that the selection will be done entirely on internal assessment.
2. The board may create a Theory and Practical Based Project Grading System where the students may complete it at home and submit it to the school. And the result will be calculated based on a project-based assessment.
3. CBSE may ask the school to assess the students online with a subjective question paper and upload the marks to the CBSE website.
4. There is a possibility to include certain CCE parameters to assess the students through online activities or MCQ-based assessment.
5. CBSE may give an option to the schools to take the right decision based on the Covid Situation in their local area. So, don’t be surprised if there is an option for conducting Home Based Exams at respective schools even.
Finally, I would like to say that students in class 10th need not worry. Education Minister has also said that any candidate who is not satisfied with the allocated marks will get an opportunity to sit for the written exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams. For class 12 students, the exams will be held when the COVID-19 situation is eased. This, however, will lead to a further delay in an already delayed academic schedule. It is also expected to postpone the admissions for the higher education institutes.
Dr Manjeet Jain, Principal – Jain Heritage School