CBSE Class 10 evaluation strategy not foolproof, but better alternative to pen-and-paper exams amid pandemic

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The surge in coronavirus cases witnessed from March 2021 onwards mandated the cancellation of Class 10 board exams for the academic year 2020-21. The decision also necessitated the formulation of an alternative pan-India policy for the tabulation of results.

According to the alternate CBSE evaluation strategy, while 20 marks for each subject will be for internal assessment, 80 marks will be calculated based on students’ performance in various tests or exams throughout the year. The periodic tests or unit tests will have a weightage of 10 marks, half-yearly exams will have 30 marks and pre-board exams will have 40 marks, accounting for 80 marks.

While the strategy could be the best possible solution in the current scenario, it cannot be ruled out that it still is a big surprise for students and teachers. Many students whose families were struggling with coronavirus could not appear for the internal assessments, little did they know that all these marks will later be counted for preparing the final results. The primary concern shared by parents and educators is the fact that this policy leaves room for subjectivity and ambivalence.


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