CBSE may advance board exams by a month from 2018 to provide more time for evaluation

Class X and Class XII board examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) may start a month in advance from the next academic year, in order to give authorities more time to conduct their evaluation process, news reports have said.

Hindustan Times reported that a committee, set up by the CBSE to suggest systemic changes in the evaluation process for board exams, will explore this possibility.

 CBSE may advance board exams by a month from 2018 to provide more time for evaluation

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"At present, the exams start on 1 March and usually go on for a month. This also coincides with the start of summer vacations and hence a number of teachers go on leave during that time. Due to this, we get ad-hoc and contractual staff for evaluation, which affects quality," the report quoted a source as saying.

Another report in The Times of India said that the exams will also last only 30 days, unlike 45 days as it used to.

"By April, vacations begin and experienced teachers are not available. Therefore, advancing evaluation to mid-March will ensure we have the best teachers checking the answer scripts. Otherwise, during vacations in April, schools offer us only temporary, ad-hoc and newly-appointed teachers for the evaluation exercise, since the experienced teachers don't oblige," the report quoted CBSE chairman RK Chaturvedi as saying.

Amid complaints of problems that plagued the evaluation process in Class XII results, the CBSE on Tuesday had set up two committees to study the loopholes in the evaluation procedure.

A senior CBSE official had said that while the first committee will "enquire the evaluation and post examination processes to identify and analyse discrepancies and suggest corrective measures to strengthen the process", the second committee will "study, analyse and suggest systemic improvements in the evaluation process to make the system robust".

CBSE had on Monday admitted that "in spite of best efforts made by the experienced subject teachers, there may be possibility of human errors in transferring marks to the title page of the answer scripts, summation of marks and manual posting of marks in the computer system".

However, it said that it had received requests for verification of marks from only 2.47 percent of students.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Jun 21, 2017 13:14:59 IST