- Results will factor in students' performance over 3 years: CBSE
- 40% of the marks will be based on Class 12 pre-board exams, it said
- 30% marks will be based on best-of-three Class 10 marks, it said
Class 12 results will be announced by July 31 and will factor in students' performance over three years or from Class 10, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) told the Supreme Court today, announcing its assessment plan after exams were cancelled because of the Covid crisis.
The total marks should be based on the past performance of the school in Class 12 board exams, it 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," the Board has said.
A "moderation committee" will be set up to check schools that award liberal marks to students to boost their performance, Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the CBSE, told the court.
"The CBSE Class 12 result committee will comprise two of the senior-most teachers in the school. If necessary, a third expert will be appointed. This will be the "moderation committee", Mr Venugopal said.
About 40 per cent of the marks will be based on Class 12 pre-board exams, 30 per cent on the Class 11 final exam and 30 per cent marks will be based on best-of-three Class 10 marks, the CBSE told the bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari.
Practicals will be for 100 marks and the students will be assessed based on marks submitted by the schools, a 12-member committee constituted by CBSE told the court.
"If a student is unable to meet the qualifying criteria - now spread across three years of study - they will be placed in the 'essential repeat' or 'compartment' category. Students who are not satisfied can appear again when the CBSE conducts Class 12 board exams," Mr Venugopal told the court.
The Supreme Court has in principle agreed with the central education board's plan.
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE), meanwhile, said that unlike the CBSE it would consider the performance of students for the last six classes.
During the hearing, the bench said there should be a dispute resolution panel for students who want correction of final results, and timelines be given as to when the results would be declared and the optional exams would be conducted.
"There has to be some outer date. Optional examination will also be specified. Subject to conducive situations and logistical issues," the bench said.
"We will certainly do so. This is the totality of it. We will note down the suggestions and consider them seriously," Mr Venugopal said.
The court will hear the case again on Monday (June 21).
The Supreme Court had given CBSE and CISCE two weeks to come up with objective criteria to mark Class 12 students, who need these results for college and competitive exams.
Soon after, a committee was formed by the boards to work on the CBSE Class 12 evaluation criteria.
The government on June 1 cancelled the CBSE Class 12 board exams amid the pandemic across the country. CISCE too, soon after, decided to scrap the examinations for its ISC students.