The CBSE term 1 board examinations were allegedly marred by negligence. A CBSE School Administration Association (CSMA) alleges that many schools shared the questionnaire with students prior to the exam. Since students were asked to take their own schools’ exam, the CSMA claimed that many teachers helped students with answers.
In a detailed letter to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), an association in Tamil Nadu, CBSE Schools Management Association (CSMA) has alleged paper leaks, loopholes and the consequent malpractices in the system. The letter said that teachers are providing students with answer keys, as well as filtering questions through the local area network and WhatsApp. The letter also requests the board to remove the CBSE quarter 1 exam.
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“These kinds of bad practices on the CBSE Class 10, 12 exams have resulted in the awarding of high marks to undeserving students and have hurt students with genuine performance and disciplined schools, which have been demoralized and disappointed. “says the letter.
After the board split the Class 10 and Class 12 exams into two periods for the 2020-21 academic year, the MCQ and OMR sheets were introduced in July and both teachers and students had very little time to get acquainted. with them. This resulted in reliance on CBSE’s sample papers for student practice, the letter alleged. The board was also criticized for making eleventh hour changes to testing guidelines and patterns.
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Most of the bad practices occurred because, due to restrictions related to Covid-19, students appeared on their boards of directors in their respective schools. The CSMA said this auto center allocation created “major problems.”
The letter also alleges that Term 1 question papers were downloaded nearly an hour before the exam began, between 9:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. In addition to being leaked through WhatsApp and LAN, hard copies were even provided to students. Students were made to wait in private hallways where they were given the full answers.
An allegation by the CSMA was that the students, if they were unsure of an answer, were asked to write ‘c’ in the answer box, which would then be filled into ‘a’, ‘b’ or ‘d’, depending on what was correct. the answer was. This was an easy solution as a smaller case ‘c’ can be changed to the other three letters.
The association noted that although the board later learned of this negligence and changed the format to capital letters, it was too late because several key examinations had already been conducted. Even after the format change, the students were asked to leave the answer box blank if they were unsure, and then the supervisor would fill it in.
In view of all the bad practices and loopholes, the CSMA demanded the cancellation of the exams in quarter 1 and invalidate the grades obtained by the students of classes 10 and 12.
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