CBSE likely to stick to re-evaluation policy

PUBLISH DATE 20th July 2018

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to continue with its re-evaluation policy in the interest of the students, officials said.

The board had decided to do away with re-evaluation in 2017 following which some students approached the Delhi high court.

On the court’s intervention, the CBSE allowed re-evaluation on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.

Under the scheme, students can apply for rechecking of answer sheets if they are not satisfied with the marks in the board exams. The board had reintroduced the re-evaluation process this year and is likely to continue with it next year too.

“The CBSE will take all the steps that are in the interest of the students,” CBSE secretary Anurag Tripathi told reporters.

The board is also likely to use encrypted papers for Class 10 and Class 12 board examinations next year, depending on the success of its pilot project in which compartmental examinations are being held using the same technique. The board is also planning to provide logistical support to examination centres that lack adequate printing and photocopy machines.

“We are testing this on pilot basis in the ongoing compartment exams where double encrypted question papers are being delivered via a secure channel on e-mails 30 minutes ahead of the exam. The passwords are sent separately to the centre superintendent and the question papers are printed and photocopied at the centres itself,” Tripathi said.

“Not only this, the question papers of each centre have unique watermarks across them to identify the centre,” he added.

The board is likely to select big schools as centres that have adequate infrastructure.

“Those centres which will be found lacking, there we will consider various options, including hiring an agency to provide the logistical support, if required,” he said.

“The printing cost will be borne by CBSE only. There will not be a major difference in the expenditure in the current process and the proposed one,” he added.

“Another possibility we are looking at is to start at a lower scale of sending encrypted question papers where the number of examinees are less . It all depends now how prepared we are with the logistics,” he said.

The CBSE had to conduct the economics retest on April 25, nearly a month after it was leaked, triggering widespread criticism and confusion among students across India.

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