Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is taking initiative to make school-conducted exams more credible. The board will appoint officials to randomly assess the procedure. The board has also asked schools to involve teachers of other schools in evaluation procedure. These guidelines are issues by the CBSE and asked the schools to strictly follow them.
A senior official said, "With the Class X exam becoming optional for the first time, students can now take school-conducted exams. However, with the issuance of guidelines, we want to ensure that school-based exam will maintain the high standards of the board."
Since the schools will be conducting and evaluating exam papers, CBSE has asked the schools not to disclose the marks by themselves. As per the directives once the evaluation procedure is over the schools are suppose to send all the evaluated answer sheets to board, so that result are declared by CBSE.
Since the schools will be conducting and evaluating exam papers, CBSE has strictly asked them not to communicate the marks of the students on their own. Once the evaluation of the answer papers is done by the schools, these should be sent to the board, so that results are declared by CBSE.
MC Sharma, controller of examination said, "The board would be declaring the results of class X in May, along with the results of board-based summative assessment. We will be issuing a uniform certificate to every student. Through the guidelines, we have laid down procedures on how the summative assessment for class X students must be carried out."
Schools will, however, continue to have the freedom to develop their own question papers, use CBSE question papers' bank or mix and match them. Moreover, evaluation of answer script will be done by the school teachers themselves, on the basis of the marking scheme provided by the board.
This is the first time when Class X students will have the option of appearing either for the CBSE-conducted board examination or final class X test conducted by their respective schools. CBSE made class X exam optional from this academic year, as part of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system. In the very first year about two-thirds of the students have opted out of the board exam.