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CBSE Considers Advancing Class X, XII Board Exams to Feb From March

Class X and XII Board exams may be advanced to February from March next year onwards if a proposal by the Central Board of Secondary Education gets approval from the authorities.

Tanushree Pandey | CNN-News18

Updated:June 21, 2017, 2:26 PM IST

New Delhi: Class X and XII Board exams may be advanced to February from March next year onwards if a proposal by the Central Board of Secondary Education gets approval from the authorities.

In the wake of complaints and allegations around errors in evaluation, the board has proposed to advance the schedule so that the teachers have time for “imagination” and “error-free evaluation” of the answer sheets. This would also help in announcing the results on time so that students can chose further course of education without any hurry.

Currently, board exams begin on March 1 and end around April 20. A senior CBSE official said, “We are considering to keep the board exams earlier from next year because by the time evaluation starts most of the experienced teachers go on vacations and don’t oblige to come for the process.”

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He added, “Schools provide ad-hoc, newly appointed and temporary teachers. So advancing the evaluation to mid-March will ensure that best teachers are on the job.”

Recently, there were reports claiming that after the verification of marks there was huge gap between the first total and the one after verification. The report highlighted that the apex educational body was callous with the evaluation process by accepting temporary teachers for evaluation. After the report, CBSE released on Monday that only 2.47 per cent of the answer sheets were given for verification this year and there were at least 2,000 cases where a student’s marks went up by 26 or more after verification.

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CBSE has also set up a three-member committee to fix responsibility for errors that take place in times of totaling of marks.

The former chairman of the Board Ashok Ganguly had said these errors can be avoided if the Outlier sytem is followed. Explaining further, Ganguly had said “Under the Outlier system, which had been in use for 20 years, if a student had scored high marks in four or five subjects but considerably less in one or two others, it meant there was something extraordinarily wrong,” thus alerting those concerned.

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Similarly, if a student had low marks in few subjects but high marks in the remaining ones, it means those copies needed to be checked again.

“We have to re-check copies to correct glaring errors, we would delay the results to check such cases — as it meant there was something wrong. Those copies were brought out and evaluated again. We would find 80% of copies were subject to correction,” he said.

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