SC Approves CBSE’s Assessment Scheme of 30:30:40 Formula for Class 12

New Delhi, 07, December, 2021: The Supreme Court has declared that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) assessment scheme for evaluation of marks of Class 12 students has attained finality and has received the “seal of approval”. The board examinations of Class 12 students were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year. The SC has further stated that it will not reopen the issue of CBSE’s scheme at all. Further, it has made clear that it will not be open to any petitions to challenge the scheme or the ratio prescribed for the purpose of evaluation of marks.

Note: Earlier, several petitions were filed by the parents to hold written board examinations. However, SC stated that it had accepted CBSE’s decision not to have the mandatory exams and there was no question of reviewing that order due to the prevailing conditions related to COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme has a provision for optional exams, which the wards could take if they wanted a chance to improve their results or did not accept the marking system released by the respective expert committees of CBSE.

What is CBSE’s Assessment Scheme For Class 12? 

  • On June 17, the Supreme Court had approved the assessment scheme for CBSE and Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) which had adopted the 30:30:40 formula for evaluation of marks for students of 12th standard based on the results of Class 10, Class 11, and Class 12 respectively.
  • As per CBSE’s assessment scheme, it would evaluate Class 12 students for theory based on 30 per cent marks from class 10 board, 30 percent from Class 11, and 40 per cent from marks based on the performance in the unit, mid-term, and pre-board tests in Class 12.
  • Marks obtained by Class 12 students in practical and internal assessment, as uploaded by schools on the CBSE portal, would be also considered in final results.
  • Each school shall form a result committee comprising five members who may decide weightage to be given to each exam based on credibility and reliability of the assessment. These five members are as follows:
    • Principal of the school as chairperson.
    • Two-senior most teachers of the school teaching Class 12.
    • Two teachers from neighbouring senior secondary schools teaching Class 12.
  • The marks of Class 11 and Class 12 components will be awarded at school level. They will strictly not be comparable across schools due to variations in the quality of question papers, the evaluation, standard, processes, and the mode of conduct of exams.          

What is CISCE’s Assessment Scheme for Class 12?

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) also released its evaluation formula of Class 12 comprising the following:

  • Marks percentage in Class 10 board examinations.
  • The project and practical work in the subjects.
  • The performance of candidates in Class 11 and Class 12, measured through their best marks obtained in these two years.
  • The best performance of the students in school in the last six years.

Note: The Supreme Court also directed these boards to incorporate provisions for dispute resolution in their assessment schemes themselves for students who may be dissatisfied with the marks awarded in Class 12 board results. For such students, exams will be conducted in physical mode and the candidates will have to register accordingly.

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