The Central Board of Secondary Examinations (CBSE), have declared the Chennai and Delhi region results yesterday(31 May 2011). According to the reports, 35% of the total number of CBSE Class X students in the Chennai region (which includes Maharashtra and nine other states and Union Territories) opted for the school-based assessment this year while 60% of students in Mumbai opted for school-based assessment.
Many schools had only 10-15 % of their students opting for board examinations. It has been observed that, the toppers at most of the schools had opted for the school based test. In Mumbai schools, many principals have been reportedly believing that in the long run, very few students will appear for the board examination, because there is no difference in the report card and evaluation process. For the first time school based assessment was experimented and has been well accepted by schools and students across India. Henceforth, only those candidates who want to apply to junior colleges may appear for the board exams.
As per reports, at Apeejay School in Nerul, out of a batch of 187 students, only 37 appeared for the board examination this year. At Kendriya Vidyalaya-IIT Powai, from 181 students, only 18 opted for the board examinations. At Rajhans Vidyalaya in Andheri, over 60% students opted for school-based assessments.
25% students from Kendriya Vidyalaya 2, Colaba, had appeared for the board exams this year but the school authorities believe that next year's batch will surely opt for school-based assessment. The school-based assessment will reduce a lot of anxiety among students, making them more confident to appear for the exam in their school set-up, which will be a familiar set up for them and will reduce the unnecessary fear of competition.