The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has reportedly brought a new evaluation norm for class 10 and class 12 students in order to avoid any type of discrepancies in the process.
As per the new rule, a single answer script will now be checked by two teachers rather than one to ensure more transparency in the evaluation process.
"Now, two teachers will check the answer papers i.e., a single answer sheet will be evaluated by two teachers," reported a leading daily.
Meanwhile, talking about the latest development a parent said, "We welcome the move if the board has really taken such a step in the interest of the lakhs of students. Any error in the checking creates a lot of problems for the students and also affects their future."
In order to ensure a smooth evaluation, CBSE has further directed schools to relieve all the teachers nominated by the board strictly as per the schedule. The schools, which will fail to follow the same will be imposed a heavy penalty of Rs 50,000 per teacher.
"As per a notification sent to schools on March 5, all the schools are directed to follow the directions mentioned in the circular and relieve all the teachers nominated by the board strictly as per schedule. It has been observed in the past that schools adopt a lax attitude in relieving teachers for evaluation thereby hampering and jeopardising the evaluation process and release of results," a circular issued by CBSE reads.
Talking about the latest CBSE guidelines Surender Sachdeva, Principal, Delhi Public School, Bopal, said, "We need 19 teachers at every evaluation centre. Usually, 1-2 teachers cite medical issues or personal reasons and do not turn up, which hampers work. Hence, to ensure quality, the board has imposed a heavy penalty."
"Many times, principals are reluctant to give up their teachers fearing their work will be affected in the absence of those teachers for nearly 15 days or so. However, we have to ensure good quality paper assessment for our students. At DPS, Bopal, almost all our teachers get assigned for evaluation duty once we fill teachers data online and we face great difficulty. But I’m still with the board on this," he added.
Last year trouble found the board as a large number of students from different parts of the country accused CBSE of carelessness in the evaluation process. Miscellaneous errors in the evaluation of class 12 answer sheets triggered strong resentment among the candidates in 2017.
Post that, CBSE was directed by Odisha HC to conduct a re-evaluation of 159 answer sheets following a petition filed over discrepancies in publication of Class 12 results.
Currently, CBSE is conducting the board examinations for class 10 and class 12 students all over the world. The Board examination for Class 10 students began on March 5 and will end on April 4 whereas the Class 12 exam, which started on March 5 will culminate on April 12.
About the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE):
The Central Board of Secondary Education is a Board of Education for public and private schools, under the Union Government of India. CBSE has asked all affiliated schools to follow the NCERT curriculum only. While there are 19,316 CBSE affiliated schools in India, 211 schools in 25 foreign countries come under the board.