The Board has made it mandatory for the students of Class IX to secure minimum of 25 percent marks in their Summative Assessments (SA), failing which they will not to be promoted to the next upper class.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced new guidelines for students of Class IX and Class X making it mandatory for the students of Class IX to secure minimum of 25 percent marks in their Summative Assessments (SA), failing which the students will not to be promoted to the next upper class.
The Nagpur Today, in an effort to seek comments from Principals of different CBSE schools in the city, contacted the Principal, BVM, Civil Lines, Anju Bhutani. She said all the Principals and teachers would welcome this format. It will bring in comprehensive evaluation of the students. Summative Assessments contain bigger portion. Students will be able to learn and improve their minimum qualifying marks in order to get promoted to the next upper class. This will truly help in enhancing students’ academic caliber, the Principal Anju Bhutani said.
The CBSE had introduced the change last year only but the students will be facing the effects from now on as only a month has been left for the SA.
Previously, the students’ mark sheet used to contain the cumulative scores in the two SAs and four Formative Assessments for each subject but after this revision, they will have to score a minimum of 15 marks out of 60 in each of SAs to get promoted. This year, the rule will not be applicable for the Class X students but from the next year, the Board students will also have to face the challenge.
Last year, CBSE had notified that the students were not only have to score at least 25 percent marks in the Summative Assessments all together, but their attendance in both of the assessments must be above the threshold. For an untoward situation like illness, the students will have to re-appear for the exam within a given time.
The Prinicipal, Modern School, Neeru Kapai, told Nagpur Today that it is reasonably okay. “This new format will be applicable for Class IX students from this year and, from the next year onwards, the Class X students would be covered for this format. The students must be capable to achieve the minimum performance. Every student will be treated at par,” said Neeru Kapai.
If the students are participating in sports events at National/International level organized by recognized federations, CBSE, SGFI in the same month of the conduct of SA, the students would be exempted from one of the SAs but only after taking approval from the Board prior the SA. In that case, SA1 marks will be indicated for the SA2 by the Board.
The Principal, Centre Point School, Sumati Venugopalan, said it is a good initiative. Now, the students will take all the SA exams seriously. Normally, there is a tendency that students only take the final exams seriously. Students feel that the teachers will give them high marks in the SA exams. This new format has been welcomed by the teachers, Venugopalan said.