The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to scrap from next year the provision of re-evaluation of answer sheets for Class XII students.
The decision was taken by the Board’s governing body in its last meeting held in June, Controller of Examinations K K Chaudhary said on Tuesday.
Re-evaluation was introduced by the CBSE in 2014, making it the only national school board in the country offering this facility to students.
The ISC Board, for instance, allows only a re-check or re-addition of marks and examinees do not get to see copies of the answer scripts.
Until now, CBSE students could seek fresh evaluation of their Board exam answer sheets in 11 subjects — English (elective), English (core), Hindi (elective), Hindi (core), Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Economics, Accountancy and Business Studies.
Students are allowed to apply for a copy of their answer sheets and challenge the evaluation of up to 10 questions by paying Rs 200 for each.
But from next year, the Board will revert to its old practice under which examinees will be able to scrutinise the photocopies of their answer scripts, but not go beyond verifying whether the marks awarded for each question have been added correctly.
The idea was to start with a few subjects initially and extend the facility to more subjects every year. Chaudhary said: “We have 250 subjects in all. We realised that if this facility is indeed extended to all, then we will not be able to conduct the compartment exams and release their results on time. Moreover, the number of students with genuine grievances was just 0.05 per cent of the applicants.”
Asked if it would be fair to take away from those 0.05 per cent of applicants the chance to have their results corrected, CBSE chairman R K Chaturvedi told reporters, “We will continue to look into genuine grievances with the help of our committees in regional offices.”
He did not elaborate how the committees will address re-evaluation concerns.