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​CBSE goof up that could have spoiled lives

Thursday - January 17, 2019 9:58 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL

Last year in CBSE evaluation, at least 70 per cent students were found to have discrepancies in their board exam marks. Many of the Class X and XII examinees sent their copies/answer sheets for rechecking and found all their marks gone wrong, which came out after the revaluation. Such kind of a major lapse in checking copies has never been reported in recent history, that too by such a internationally reputable board like CBSE.

Many teachers were found to be involved in the lapse and though action was reportedly taken against them, such a major disaster can never be accepted. In this era of computerised tabulation and high-end technological tools that automatically weed out much of human error, such a shoddy work reflects poorly on the board’s functioning. In a country where exams are considered the most valuable yardsticks of a student’s performance, merit and his future course, such irresponsible stance of the evaluators can never be taken lightly.

A little mistake here or a little error of judgement or oversight there can make or break a student’s career, which is why it becomes extremely important to exercise due caution in evaluating answer sheets and put in place several layers of checks so that no lapse goes unnoticed or uncorrected. Competent and experienced teachers and those from reputed schools must be assigned the task, because in the end, the approach, subject knowledge and sensibility of the evaluating teacher matter a lot in what marks a student gets. And most importantly, exemplary action must be initiated against those errant teachers who did the checking.

The teachers are well paid for their copy checking assignments and it is not that they are under much pressure. CBSE takes its own sweet time to publish the results and since thousands of teachers are deputed, each doing his/her own share according to his/her speed, there is no Damocles’ sword hanging over their heads that could be used as an excuse for the horrendous goof up.

The blame squarely falls on the tabulation and re-tabulation team and the management of the central board. We can’t be sure what exact steps the board has taken to ensure that this kind of another catastrophic lapse doesn’t happen again, but it is a fact that CBSE is often in the news for the wrong reasons. Sometimes its circulars are absurd which no one cares to follow, at other times it issues rules which are impractical and unfruitful or affiliates schools which don’t follow the norms. Its syllabuses for students and injunctions for proper administration of schools are ever changing and varying with very nebulous objectives. Its inspections are irregular and often perfunctory, that fail to ever improve the education scenario of the country.

Being the leading board, it is supposed to take the lead in ushering in the best cutting edge educational innovations happening globally. Instead it has got stuck in its groove and despite all the manoeuvres, it ends up doing nothing substantial, except experimenting with all the odds and ends that they think have the probability of fitting into the jigsaw puzzle of that ‘ideal’ education setup that is ever elusive.

CBSE has to be more active and receptive of the global realities of both society and education and it needs to spruce up its working and approach to give to the country a smart, practicable and effective education solution that lends our students a jumping board to leap into the new era of excellence and capability. -Window To News