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City CBSE schools register poorer pass percentage than many other states 

Chandrika Das | January 22, 2019 17:51 hrs

The 10th and 12th board exams are knocking on the doors and Guwahati students are all gearing up for it. In 2019, 64,844 students will appear for the 10th Central Board of Secondary Examinations (CBSE) board exams and 51,299 students will appear for the 12th CBSE exams from the entire northeastern region.

However, the performance of the CBSE affiliated schools in Guwahati is comparatively much lower than that of states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Guwahati currently has 63 schools affiliated to the CBSE. Although the curriculum is the same, Guwahati students have, over the past few years, failed to set a benchmark.

When asked about the reason, KK Choudhury, Director, Regional Office of CBSE, Guwahati asserted that the quantum of education imparted in Kerala or Karnataka Board or any other school education board of the southern states is much higher compared to what CBSE is doing in the region. 

In 2018, the Kerala Board recorded a pass percentage of 97.84 for class 10, Karnataka recorded 71.93% and Tamil Nadu recorded 94.5%. On the other hand, CBSE Schools in Guwahati recorded a percentage of 62.29.

How safe is copy rechecking?

Over the past few years, hundreds of students who have appeared for the board examinations, have alleged that they have received wrong grades or marks which were much lower than what they had expected. There has been a sharp drop in the results of several students than what is expected and this is difficult to accept. Speaking on this issue, the Director of Regional Office of CBSE, Guwahati said that the examiners face a lot of pressure while checking the answer sheets. “The time gap between the last day of examination and the date of result declaration is very less. Within this time frame, the examiners have to evaluate the papers, get the marks posted, evaluate whether the posting of marks are correct or not. Mistakes can happen during the short span of time and that is just human tendency. Wherever a human factor is involved, there is bound to be a mistake,” said the director.

In August 2011, the Supreme Court permitted students appearing for the board examinations for classes 10 and 12 to access their evaluated answer scripts. While this was seen as a good step, there have been many hurdles in its implementation.

But how safe is copy rechecking for the students?

According to the Choudhury, students should not opt for answer sheet rechecking if they are not 100% convinced about their performance. Although students get benefitted several times, there have been instances where the marks have been lowered after rechecking. “Faults do not always happen from the examiners’ side. Faults happen on the part of the students too. And parents need to understand that rechecking might help their wards get a few marks higher, but many a time, mistakes in the answers come to light after re-evaluation and their marks get decreased and that is a challenge. So if the student or the parent is not confident, it is better not to go for rechecking.” he added.

How is rechecking done?

The answer sheets of the Guwahati students are evaluated by teachers of different schools within the city. But for rechecking, the identity of the candidate is kept anonymous.

When a student asks for rechecking, the board receives the application and roll number and coverts it into a coded form to keep the identity of the student or the school of the candidate anonymous. For re-evaluation, the board selects a teacher, sends the application and the answer sheet and gets the rechecking done.

Several people who have been closely associated with the education department have unanimously advised that proper planning is the key to good results for students in class 10 and 12.

Father Sebastian Matthew, Principal of Don Bosco School, Guwahati said, “Students should plan several months ahead of the exams. It is very important for the students to devote equal amount of time for all the subjects and stay focused to the curriculum.”

KK Choudhury, Director of Regional CBSE Office, Guwahati said, “Students should follow previous years’ question papers. A student should not only follow the earlier question papers, but also the answering techniques. Planning is the most important aspect. Students should complete the whole syllabus by end of December. The following months should be for revision.”

Paristosh Saha, Faculty, Faculty Higher Secondary School said, “First of all, students have to be very clear with their concepts. After completion of the topics, the students should solve sample papers. They should solve earlier years’ question papers and also question papers of different schools’ pre-boards. All students should keep in mind that two months of study is not sufficient to score good marks. Students should prepare from the beginning and stay focused and updated all throughout.”Although there has been a trend of parents shifting their wards to CBSE, there hasn’t been much difference in the results. The schools in Guwahati under the CBSE are still performing and scoring much lower than many other boards. 

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