CBSE and ICSE Present their Evaluation Schemes
Pointing out that the situation facing the CBSE and ICSE is unprecedented, the AG presented the scheme devised by the 13-member expert committee of the CBSE to evaluate class 10,11 and 12 students. The following are the highlights of the scheme-
He explained how each student will be evaluated, based on marks obtained in internal assessments, practicals and projects.
Optional exams will be conducted physically for students who are unhappy with the marks received from the aforementioned method, subject to the covid situation in the country.
The ICSE scheme was similar, barring minor differences in the method of moderation by the Result Committee. The ICSE will require schools to use their past 6 years performance in the board exams as a reference standard, not 3 years like CBSE.
The Court agreed to maintain the autonomy of the Board, but ordered that two particulars must be included into the schemes.
First, the Court pointed out that a Dispute Resolution Mechanism must be built into the scheme, so that students are able to challenge their final results, if they note discrepancies.
Second, that the boards must mention an outer limit deadline for the release of final results and for the conduct of optional exams in the scheme. The Court insisted that all this information must be contained in the scheme to ensure that it is all accessible to students easily.
Both Boards agree to accommodate the suggestion relating to the Dispute Resolution Committee. The AG, on behalf of the CBSE, contended that it was impossible to set a deadline for the optional examinations, as they could not predict what the covid situation would be in the following months. The Court ordered that an outer limit deadline must be set subject to changes due to the pandemic,so that the CBSE may be able to accommodate adverse Covid circumstances in future months.
Mr. Vikas Singh (Sr. Advocate) appearing on behalf of the intervenor argued for physical examinations to be conducted for all students. He submitted that the current scheme bases the futures of students on internal assessments, which are non-uniform across schools. He also submitted that common entrance examinations like the CLAT and NEET are being conducted physically over the next two months, since the second covid wave is being controlled. He insisted that a controlled environment such as an examination room will not cause a spike in positive cases. The Court rejected this plea, stating that the number of students appearing for board examinations is incomparable to that of entrance examinations. The Court noted that the cancellation of physical examinations is not prejudicial to students who wish for another opportunity to improve their grades, since the optional examinations are being arranged.
Mr. Vikas Singh asks for time to consult his clients on the particulars of the schemes of both Boards. The Court accepts the schemes in principle, and adjourns the matter until Monday, 21st June, for Mr. Singh to present any suggestions or objections.