Like Maths, CBSE may launch dual levels in other subjects too: Secretary

Bhubaneswar: If the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) decision to introduce two levels of Mathematics exam for class X from 2020 goes well then the board may offer dual levels for other subjects as well, said Anurag Tripathi, Secretary, CBSE.

“The intention of having two levels of mathematics is to cater to different standards of students and to reduce the level of stress. Like in the International Baccalaureate board students with different academic standards appear exam of different levels. The easier level, which will be known as Mathematics-basic, is for those who will not pursue Maths in higher studies. If it goes well with the mathematics the board would think of introducing two levels of examination for other subjects in future,” said Tripathi.

Tripathi was here to attend a meeting of principals of Bhubaneswar region which includes states of Odisha, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh.

Following large-scale errors evaluation of class X and XII board exams last year, the CBSE decided to take stringent action against teachers for mistakes in the evaluation and they may be expelled for being ‘careless’, said secretary of the board, Anurag Tripathi.

“Our aim is to make the evaluation process totally error-free. We have engaged best and most experienced teachers for evaluation and issued fresh guidelines apart from conducting several rounds of training to eliminate common mistakes done by teachers. Besides, there will be CCTV surveillance in the evaluation centres,” said Tripathi.

Sources said, after re-evaluation marks in more than 70% answer sheets increased. “But there are many students who do not apply for re-evaluation or seek photocopy of their answer sheets. They become a victim of the neglect of the evaluators, which we want to prevent,” said Tripathi.

He said, usually there should be a variation of 7% in the scores given by different evaluators, but unfortunately the variation found is much more.

“Though we have provided marking scheme- a guideline for evaluating the answer sheets but teachers have also given liberty to give marks for creative and innovative answers,” he added.
During the training, teachers were trained on spot evaluation, real-time evaluation and conduct of the examination.

CBSE had threatened all its affiliated schools of penalty and de-affiliation if they will not send teachers to take part in the evaluation process. “We had imposed fine of Rs 50,000 on schools for not allowing their teachers for evaluation,” he said.

There are more than 20,000 schools affiliated to CBSE across India and around 30 lakh students appear the class XII and X exams under the board every year.

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