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CBSE will try to declare higher secondary results early: chairman

Karthik Madhavan

“Time taken to declare results cannot be construed as delay”

COIMBATORE: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will ensure that the higher secondary results are declared at the earliest from next year, according to Vineet Joshi, Chairman and Chief Vigilance Officer.

After addressing a gathering of principals and teachers of CBSE-affiliated schools at Yuvabharathi Public School here on Wednesday, he told The Hindu that the Board was initiating all possible steps to ensure that the results were declared at the earliest so that the students were not at a disadvantage vis-à-vis those from all state boards when it came to college admission.

The time taken by the Board to declare the results could not be construed a delay because it was just the right time needed to correct the answer scripts and collate the marks. But, when compared to the dates the state boards declared the results, it might appear as if there was a delay.

The CBSE faced constraints that the state boards did not – such as the number of subjects in the higher secondary. The Board conducted examination for 148 subjects.

He reiterated that efforts would be taken to further reduce the time taken between the examinations and results. The Board was turning to technology for solution.

There was a proposal to partially digitise the evaluation of answer scripts, Mr. Joshi said. “Once the teacher corrects the paper according to the correction key, an optical marking will be done on the paper, which, when fed into a machine will be able to read the correction, marks allotted, etc. and sum up the marks.”

“The Board is experimenting with the system with English and Economic answer papers,” he said.

In his interaction with the teaching faculty, he said the Tamil Nadu government had come up with the detailed order saying how CBSE students who had not taken the Class X public examination should be treated vis-à-vis those who had taken the examination. The government did not distinguish between the two as it went by the certificate the Board issued.

Batting for the comprehensive, continuous evaluation system, he said school managements and teachers should follow high ethical standards while carrying out the internal evaluation. For, if they were to cheat, the reputation of the Board would stand to suffer and, finally, might collapse.

Earlier in the day, at the Amrita Vidyalayam he spoke about the comprehensive, continuous evaluation system and culture. He also spoke about the importance of life skills, creativity of a child, need for critical thinking, etc.

To reporters' queries here, Mr. Joshi said the Board would soon declare the class X results.

Brahmachari Abhayamrita Chaitanya, Correspondent, Amrita Vidyalayams, Tamil Nadu, was present.

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