The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) proposes to hold the finals exam for classes 10 and 12 on same dates in two shifts.
In a move that will reduce the examination period by a considerable amount and give teachers more time to check answer scripts thoroughly, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to hold the Class X and XII examinations on the same dates in different shifts.The new plan was designed after the board met principals of some of the top schools in New Delhi and its satellite cities.
The CBSE, which has two panels committees to suggest ways to improve the system, will review the suggestions before a final decision is taken.
The country's largest school CBSE board that has more than 18,000 institutions affiliated to it holds the two exams usually from March 1, 2017, barring exceptions such as this year's state assembly elections that delayed the test by more than a week.
The board designed the new plan after meeting with a few principals from top schools in Delhi and nearby areas. The two-panel committees of the CBSE which suggest ways to improve the system will now review this plan before making a final submission.
The board, which has around 1800 affiliations, usually holds the exam from the beginning of March barring a few exceptions like the delay this year due to State Assembly elections. The exams last as long as 45 days and hence, teachers get very little time to correct the papers before the results are declared in May.
The CBSE came under severe criticism this year due to the massive errors in correction after it was reported that those who sent their papers for correction saw up to a 400 percent rise in their marks. More than a million students wrote the Class 12 exam this year."By conducting Class 12 and 10 exams on the same day we can reduce the examination period and provide more time to the evaluators," a senior board official said.
The CBSE board said it took extra care to cut faults, but the possibility of human error cannot be ruled out in calculating the marks, putting them on answer-scripts and feeding them manually in computers.
"Efforts are made to further improve the system," the official said. The meeting with principals was called to gather views "before deciding anything on the evaluation and examination system", the official said.
According to sources, most principals were against revaluation or rechecking of answer-scripts, but won't mind verification of marks.
"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.
Another principal said "We have assured the board we will send our best teachers" to check answers.
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.
"We are looking at restricting the number of copies that can be evaluated by a person in six hours so that quality is maintained," the CBSE official said.