CBSE to hold board exams in Feb from next yr

PUBLISH DATE 21st June 2017

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) plans to hold Class X and XII exams in February instead of March from next year.

The board wants to advance the cycle of exams and related activities from 201819 as part of its examination and evaluation reforms.

Moreover, the process will no more drag over 45 days but will be completed within a month. Currently , board exams begin on March 1 and end around April 20.

CBSE chairman R K Chaturvedi said that this would also advance the date of declaration of results, which generally come around the third or fourth week of May . Chaturvedi told TOI, “The examinations should start around February 15 and we are also planning to complete them within a month.“

The early results, the board believes, will also help CBSE students with the undergraduate admission process. “Otherwise it has been a neck-andneck affair,“ said the chairperson.

The board's plan to advance the examinations is a part of the reforms in the evaluation process, which has come under the scanner due to glaring er rors in the practice.

“By April, vacations begin and the experienced teachers are not available. Therefore, advancing evaluation to midMarch will ensure we have the best teachers checking the answer scripts. Otherwise, in April during vacations, schools offer us only temporary , ad-hoc and newly appointed teachers for the evaluation exercise as experienced teachers don't oblige,“ said Chaturvedi.

According to the CBSE chairman, this will also offer the board some breathing room to work on results in its bid to make them error-free. Under the new scheme, the CBSE expects the best and experienced teachers to come for evaluation and it will also conduct two training sessions for the evaluators. Each year around 50,000 teachers are engaged in the evaluation process across 2,000 centres. Most of the centres are at Kendriya Vidyalayas.

“Just like teachers' training, we are planning two evaluators' training sessions each year starting December 2017,“ said Chaturvedi.

On re-evaluation, Chaturvedi said the board decided to scrap the practice since a very small number of students from those who apply for photocopies re-apply . He also cited summer vacations as another reason, claiming that it gets difficult to get expert teachers in that period and also stalls the next process of admissions, compartment examinations, disturbing the annual calendar in the process. “Moreover, I think there is no point in allowing re-evaluation of 10 questions. Either it should be allowed in totality or not at all. The matter is also in court. But if we can ensure that evaluations themselves are error-free, the question of re-evaluation will not arise.“