10th and 12th board examinations to take place in February from 2018

Students at the exam hall at Ekvira High School Kandivali appearing for SSC Board Exam. Express Photo by Dilip Kagda. 03.03.2015. Mumbai.

Coming tenth and twelfth exams will be one month earlier than before, that is before it was happening in March now they will be happening in February. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has planned to advance the cycle of exams and related activities from 2018-19 as a part of reforms focused on “error-free evaluation”.

Moreover, earlier exams were pushed till 45 days, now with the revised rules, the exams will end in a month. CBSE chairman R K Chaturvedi said that this would also affect the date of result declaration as the results generally come around third or fourth-week of May. Chaturvedi said, “The exam inations should start around February 15 and we are also planning to complete them within a month.”

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The early results, the board believes, will also help CBSE students with the undergraduate admission process. “Otherwise it has been a neckand-neck affair,” said the chairperson. “By April, vacations begin and the experienced teachers are not available. Therefore, advancing evaluation to mid-March will ensure we have the best teachers checking the answer scripts. Otherwise, in April during vacations, schools offer us only temporary, ad-hoc and newly-appointed teachers for the evaluation exercise as experienced teachers don’t oblige,” said Chaturvedi.

In this new scheme, CBSE is expecting some well experienced and best teachers to come for the evaluation and it is also going to conduct two training sessions for the evaluators.

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“Just like teachers’ training, we are planning two evaluators’ training sessions each year starting December 2017,” said Chaturvedi. “Moreover, I think there is no point in allowing re-evaluation of 10 questions. Either it should be allowed in totality or not at all. The matter is also in court. But if we can ensure that evaluations themselves are error-free, the question of re-evaluation will not arise,” added Chaturvedi.

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