New Delhi, June 21, 2017 : The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is contemplating advancing the schedules of the board examinations by at least 15 days from 2018 to dedicate more time on evaluation of answer sheets and process students application for verification of marks.
Though the students demand for restoration of the system for re-evaluation of the answer sheets is not under consideration at this juncture, the official sources in the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry indicated that the board may also "review" it’s 2016 decision to scrap the system after examining the feasibility of the proposal to advance the examinations schedules.
The CBSE starts Board examinations for Class X and XII in the first week of March every year. “There is a proposal to prepone the board examinations from next year to ease out the evaluation schedules which is currently very tight. Feasibility of the proposal will be examined before taking a final decision on its implementation,” sources said.
This comes after the CBSE’s students, who took Class XII board examinations this year, filed petitions in various courts including Delhi High Court questioning the evaluation process of the Board and its decision to scrap the system of re-evaluation of the board examinations last year.
After the declaration of the results of the Class XII board examinations, the CBSE received applications for verification of the scores of 2.47% of the total answer scripts evaluated by the examiners. Of them, error in totalling of marks was found in 0.091% cases.
The CBSE said there was “no pervasive” error in the totalling of the board marks. "When there are so many errors in totalling, then how many would there be in the evaluation," a Division Bench of the Delhi High Court, however, recently noted referring to a media report while hearing petitions of the students.
With pressure mounting, the CBSE on Tuesday announced its decision to set up two separate committees to look into the loopholes in its evaluation process and rectify them. “We recognise that mistakes have been committed and commit ourselves to ensuring that such mistakes are not repeated in future,” HRD Ministry’s School Education Secretary Anil Swarup tweeted on Wednesday. The board claimed that the statistics indicated that there was no change in the marks after re-evaluation in more than 99.98% cases.