Towards a workable formula
IFP Editorial: Representatives of the student organisations and parent bodies also need to be incorporated in the committee or sub-committees to work on for developing a formula for the Board of Secondary Education Manipur and Council of Higher Secondary Education as they are the principal stakeholders.
Apropos to the decision taken by the Union government regarding the CBSE and ISCE examinations, Manipur has followed suit by cancelling the Class XII and X examinations for the academic year 2020-21 while constituting a 14 member committee to develop an alternative assessment/evaluation mechanism for assessment of students in Class X and XII. Announcing the decision, Education Minister S Rajen had said that it was really a tough decision to make whether the board and council examinations will be suspended or not. However, the government after a thorough deliberation and consultation with the stakeholders and local educationalists, and experts, decided to cancel the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination, Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) examination class XI examinations. We agree, it must have been difficult with the fate of thousands of students on the line. It was not only the students but the parents and guardians as well, who were worried about the uncertain future even though the pandemic was raging. Developing an alternative mechanism of assessment or evaluation is also not an easy task.
The Supreme Court on Thursday had accepted in principle the formula suggested by the CBSE and the ISC board to award marks to this year’s outgoing Class XII students, but decided to delay final approval till it had heard the students’ views on Monday. Largely, the marks would be awarded on the basis of the students’ performances in their Class X boards and their school Class XI and XII exams, normalised on the basis of their school’s performance in Class XII boards over the past three (CBSE) or six (ISC) years.
According to the representation submitted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), a 40:30:30 formula has been presented for evaluation of marks of Class XII students, which will be based on their Class XII, Class XI and Class X results, respectively. The theory marks of each subject will be computed using 40 per cent from the marks they got in the subject pre-boards or mid-term exams held by their schools earlier this year, 30 per cent from their Class XI final exam marks, and 30 per cent from their Class X board exam results. This will be added to the actual marks that they got in their Class XII internal assessments and practicals for that subject. For Class XII, it will be based on the performance of students in each subject in either one or more unit tests, mid-term or pre-board theory exams. This will be left to the discretion of the ‘Result Committees’ to be constituted in each school comprising the school principal, two seniormost teachers of the school and two teachers teaching Class XII at a neighbouring school. Students who fall short in one subject will be placed in the ‘compartment’ category, and compartment examination will be conducted after declaration of results to give them a chance to clear that subject. Those who fall short in more than one subject will be placed in the ‘essential repeat’ category. Students who are not satisfied with the manner of assessment or the marks they will get will be allowed to sit for written examinations conducted by the board “when conditions are conducive for holding the examinations”. The marks that they get in this optional exam will be considered as the final marks.
Well, the state level committee has something to work on for developing a formula based on the CBSE model. The Commissioner (Education-S) and director (Education-S) had been entrusted with the job and separate sub-committees for the Board of Secondary Education Manipur and Council of Higher Secondary Education had already been formed. We are sure, eminent educationists and representatives from both state and private schools are included in the committee or sub-committees and a workable principle would be worked out. However, we think representatives of the student organisations and parent bodies also need to be incorporated as they are the principal stakeholders.