We all have witnessed that this COVID-19 pandemic had slowed down the pace of the wheel of academic session of 2020-2021. CBSE schools have been seen working but in the virtual mode for the whole academic sessions. With no myth we have witnessed and have appreciated the strong decisions taken by the Central government to cancel the Board Examinations during the second wave of COVID-19 in April 2021. The results are to be declared based on a credible, reliable, flexible, and valid alternative assessment policy.
It became an urgent need to look up to the possible ways for the learning objectives as well as the conduction of the Board Examinations for the academic session 2021-22 in case the situation remains same and unfeasible. Board’s continued focus on assessing stipulated learning outcomes by making the examinations competencies and core concepts based, student-centric, transparent, technology-driven, and having advance provision of alternatives for different future scenarios, the following schemes are introduced for the Academic Session for Class X and Class XII 2021- 22. Today In This Article we will be discussing about those special schemes-
1.) Academic session to be divided into 2 Terms with approximately 50% syllabus in each term:
It is the best idea which CBSE has put into the consideration to divide the whole syllabus in to two equal parts and into 2 Terms. It is a systematic approach by looking into the interconnectivity of the topics and courses.
This is done to increase the probability of having a Board conducted classes X and XII examinations at the end of the academic session.
2.) The syllabus for the Board examination 2021-22 will be rationalized
like that of the last academic session to be notified in July 2021. For academic transactions, however, schools will follow the curriculum and syllabus released by the Board vide Circular no. F.1001/CBSEAcad/Curriculum/2021 dated 31 March 2021. Schools will also use alternative academic calendar and inputs from the NCERT on transacting the curriculum.
3.) Efforts will be made to make Internal Assessment/ Practical/ Project work more credible and valid
It is the very much effective and practical step which is took by the CBSE to make the Internal Assessment/ Practical/ Project which are being held in school to make these more credible so that marking can be done on those and valid also.
As per the guidelines and Moderation Policy to be announced by the Board to ensure fair distribution of marks.
4.) Term I Examinations:
At the end of the first term, the Board will organize Term I Examination in a flexible schedule to be conducted between November-December 2021 with a window period of 4-8 weeks for schools situated in different parts of country and abroad. Dates for conduct of examinations will be notified subsequently.
The Question Paper will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) including case-based MCQs and MCQs on assertion-reasoning type. Duration of test will be 90 minutes and it will cover only the rationalized syllabus of Term I only (i.e. approx. 50% of the entire syllabus).
Question Papers will be sent by the CBSE to schools along with marking scheme.
Marks of the Term I Examination will contribute to the final overall score of students.
5.) 5. Term II Examination/ Year-end Examination:
At the end of the second term, the Board would organize Term II or Yearend Examination based on the rationalized syllabus of Term II only (i.e. approximately 50% of the entire syllabus).
This examination would be held around March-April 2022 at the examination centres fixed by the Board. The paper will be of 2 hours duration and have questions of different formats (case-based/ situation based, open ended- short answer/ long answer type).
Marks of the Term II Examination would contribute to the final overall score.
CBSE Special Scheme of Assessment for Board Examination Classes X and XII for session 2021-22 is indeed appreciated well planned and a remarkable step for this academic year and we will be thrilled to see its implementations and reaction of the students for the same.