While many college students and parents conveyed that 30% weightage for college kids’ Class X and XI scores could be unfair, schools maintained that the CBSE has come up with the absolute best formula given the pandemic and time constraints.
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“For students who have worked really hard, it is a bit difficult to accept the formula. But given the present scenario, it is the best one. Also, those who are not happy with their results will have the option to answer an exam later according to the CBSE,” stated Joble Bijoy, principal of Vidya Vikas Academy, Margao.
Anupama Mehra, principal of Navy Children’s School at Chicalim, stated Class XII college students are a bit disenchanted with the formula, however a board just like the CBSE – with lakhs of college students throughout India – needed to take each single pupil’s scenario into consideration.
“Given the current Covid-19 pandemic, the CBSE had the task of looking at the whole country and coming out with the best possible holistic solution. We as head of institutions must honour that. Let us try to consider that there is a solid 40% weightage to Class XII internal, practical marks etc,” she stated.
Schools, nevertheless, will face some challenges whereas implementing the formula offered by the CBSE, Mehra stated. “Students usually do well in Class X, but their performance declines in Class XI. Now, there will be weightage given to students’ performance in Class XI. Also, some schools could manage offline tests, while others had them online, so there is no parity or common yardstick to compare performance. Then there are students who come from different boards. How do we assess the marks they scored in the junior class?” she requested.
Also, the truth that CBSE permits college students of Class XII to alter their elective topics is worrying college managements. They stated that in such circumstances, there shall be no Class XI marks of the coed in the identical topic to match with.
“There is a general unhappiness among parents about how Class XII scores will be calculated. They are now seeking justice from the school, which is caught between the parents and the board. The school will have to honour whatever marks the student has scored in Class XI,” stated a faculty head.
Principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bambolim, R A Patil, stated parents and college students must be relieved that they’ve been spared the difficulty of going by an examination throughout the pandemic. “The CBSE has asked us to take into consideration Class X and XI results and so, consistently performing students will benefit. This formula will also help expedite the results,” he stated.
Capt Nikhil Saolapurkar, whose daughter is learning in Class XII, stated the CBSE has come out with a good evaluation formula given the restricted time and dynamic situations.
“People in urban areas have access to high-speed internet and are at an advantage. Rural children and even the underprivileged in urban areas are having problems connecting to classes online. Considering all these factors that the CBSE has to look at, it was good to consider marks for Class X and XI where exams were held under normal circumstances,” he stated.
Sian D’Souza, a Chicalim-based Class XII commerce pupil, stated most of the universities she has utilized to are counting on entrance exams for admissions throughout the pandemic. “Right now, we can’t help it and can’t do anything about our previous marks. The CBSE has no other way out either, so it has to consider previous years’ marks. Even if there was an exam, it would not have been conducted with the same zeal as before,” she stated.