The govt is mulling over whether to cancel the Class 12 board exams and is considering alternative ways to assess students’ performance in Class 12.
CBSE has put forward 2 possible options- A and B.
Options Being Considered
Option A is to resume with the original exams for 19 major subjects at certain centres in a single span of 20 days from Aug 1-20.
Option B proposed objective-type exams for major subjects in the schools itself from July 15-26 in shorter format in 2 phases, as opposed to option A’s single phase duration.
The onus has been given to the states to decide and provide their own suggestions.
The education ministry has said that the Centre will probably take the final decision by June 1.
Option B: The Favored Choice And How It Will Work
Option B suggests provisions to conduct exams such as the exam centre being the respective schools itself to ensure there is no unnecessary travel.
The shorter format would consist of a 90-minute paper instead of the original 3-hour duration.
The syllabus the paper will be based on has been trimmed by 30% for CBSE students.
The questions will be in multiple choice format, that is, objective and very short answer type questions.
Students will have to write papers for only 19 major subjects.
The exams will be conducted in 2 short phases instead of one long stretch.
CISCE Already Making Plans For Option B
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (which conducts ICSE and ISC exams) on the other hand has already started preparations for an assessment method which will be decided on the basis of average marks scored in Class 11 combined with various exams and internal tests conducted during Class 12 thus far.
CISCE has been speculated to have gone ahead with canceling the final exams altogether as they have instructed schools to ensure that the subjects that the candidates have been registered and confirmed for must be the same.
SC Hears Plea To Cancel Exams
The Supreme Court heard the plea filed by Advocate Mamta Sharma today (May 31) and adjourned the session to be resumed on June 3.
In the plea, Sharma requested the court to instruct national testing authorities to eventually declare Class 12 results based on objective methodology within the specific time frame.
The SC maintained that last year’s policy on exams should be followed and if Attorney General K K Venugopal is deviating from it, he must provide reasons as to why.
Class 12 board exams were canceled the previous year and final results consisted of assessment of earlier exams.
The SC’s ultimate decision will likely have an effect on the ISC and state boards as well.