New Delhi: The CBSE on Monday informed the Supreme Court that optional examinations for Class 12 students, who are dissatisfied with its evaluation criteria, will be held between August 15 and September 15. The examinations will be conducted if the environment is favorable.
The CBSE in an additional affidavit said: "Regarding the date before which the optional examination for the candidates who are not satisfied with their assessment with the policy, the examinations for such candidates shall be conducted any time between August 15, 2021, to September 15, 2021, subject to conducive situation." The board added that the examinations for private, patrachar, and compartment would be conducted in such a manner so that they will fall within the assessment policy for the academic year 2019-2020.
The board said the policy for the tabulation of marks for Class 12 Board Examination 2021 has been formulated by the CBSE to ensure standardization of marks, as marks of Class 11 and 12 components will be awarded at the school level. "Therefore, they will strictly not be comparable across schools due to variations in the quality of question papers, the evaluation standard, and processes, the mode of conduct of exams, etc.," added the affidavit.
"After the declaration of result by July 31, if the candidates are not satisfied, CBSE will provide an online facility for registration for the examination. The examination will be conducted by the board only in the main subjects as and when conditions are conducive for holding the examinations," said the affidavit. And added, the marks obtained by a candidate in this examination will be treated as final.
The CBSE added that to ensure standardization, each school will have to internally moderate the marks to account for the school level variations by using a reliable reference standard as provided in the policy. "This is necessary for the interest of fairness and to ensure that the marks allocated are comparable and there is no adverse impact or undue gain for any student because of the methodology/process of evaluation used by the individual school," added the affidavit.
Earlier on June 17, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) told the Supreme Court that Class 12 results will be announced on July 31 and will be based upon students' performance over the last three years, that is, from Class 10 to Class 12.
The overall marks obtained by students will be in correspondence with the past performance of the school in Class 12 board exams, the Board said. "The historical performance of the school, in terms of the best overall performance in the previous three years' Board examination, will be taken as the reference for moderating the marks assessed by the school for 2020-21," it added.