New Delhi, (Raftaar News Bureau)
The marks in Classes X, XI and XII will be considered in 30:30:40 ratio to prepare the final result of Class XII students of CBSE as the Supreme Court on Thursday accepted ‘in principle’ the evaluation criteria submitted to it. Presenting a set of “objective criteria” of evaluation of Class XII students, Attorney General KK Venugopal told a Bench led by Justice AM Khanwilkar that marks in the best of three subjects would be considered for the purpose for Class X, XI and XII. While 30 per cent weightage will be given for Classes X and XI, for Class XII the weightage would be 40%, he said, adding that for Class XII the marks obtained by a student in his unit, term and practical examinations will be considered. CBSE proposed to declare the results by July 31. However, Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) proposed to compute marks based on performance of students in the last six years. Students dissatisfied with the marks or grades awarded to them through this mechanism will have the option of improving upon their marks/grades by appearing in physical examinations after the Covid situation gets under control. Indian Certificate of Secondary Education proposed a scheme to compute marks based on performance of students in the past six years. “We have taken marks from Class 10 Board, project and practical works, performance in school examination and we have taken the best marks. We have taken average from past six years and not three years like the CBSE,” ICSE counsel said, adding results would be declared by July 30. The Supreme Court in principle accepted the scheme proposed by both CBSE and ICSE, saying no prejudice would be caused to students who want to appear for exams. “After hearing counsel for the parties, we have already accepted the decision taken by the boards and placed before us. Students who want to appear can do so,” the Bench said in its order. “We have no reservation in accepting the scheme and the board can proceed with the same,” it said. However, the top court said it would take up the matter again on Monday to consider additional suggestions. The Centre had on June 1 cancelled Class 12 examinations in view of the Covid pandemic. While hearing a PIL on the issue, the top court had on June 3 asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) to place on record in two weeks “well-defined objective criteria” for assessment of students. Explaining the CBSE evaluation scheme submitted in an affidavit, Venugopal said there would be a Result Committee for each school to rule out advantage to students in schools that traditionally gave high marks to their students. There will also be a Moderation Committee to examine the difference in marking mechanism adopted by schools, he said. Schools are required to form a Result Committee to consider the marks of a student in the three examinations and it would be vetted by the Moderation committee of CBSE, he explained. The top court said it would hear petitions seeking cancellation of state board examinations for Class XII in Punjab, Assam, Tripura and Andhra Pradesh on June 21, the next date of hearing. Eighteen states have cancelled the Class XII Board examinations and six have already conducted the examinations.