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NE schools want CBSE to bring back re-evaluation

GUWAHATI, Sept 12: A section of leading schools from the Northeast will put pressure on the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to withdraw its decision to scrap the system of re-evaluation of examination answer scripts.
The schools are planning to approach the central board following mounting pressure from students and parents. Students have expressed fear and insecurity over the CBSE’s decision, saying that they will now have to compromise with their academic careers, as the right to apply for re-evaluation of answer scripts in case of unsatisfactory results in Class X and XII final board exams has been done away with.
The CBSE had last year decided to scrap the system of re-evaluation it had introduced in 2014. Even though the central board had started re-evaluation as part of a transparency measure, it later took a U-turn and decided to scrap the same, saying that errors in evaluation were minuscule.
“Since the CBSE is dealing with the careers of students, there is an urgent need to revisit the decision on re-evaluation. A few brilliant students of my school were not satisfied with their marks in Class XII final exams this year. With no re-evaluation system currently in place, these students had to compromise and remain content with their results. We will soon approach the CBSE to bring back the re-evaluation system,” a principal of a leading English medium school here told this correspondent.
Students’ organisations in Arunachal Pradesh have also demanded reintroduction of re-evaluation system, in the light of the State’s unsatisfactory performance in this year’s CBSE exams.  Under the CBSE’s re-evaluation system, candidates were allowed to apply for a photocopy of evaluated answer scripts to be eligible for seeking a fresh assessment. Students could apply for re-evaluation a maximum of 10 questions each in English core, functional English, English elective, Hindi core, Hindi elective, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Business Studies, Economics and Accountancy. The scripts were sent to another examiner, but any change was reflected in the marksheet only if the fresh marks awarded were at least 5 per cent more.
In October 2016, the CBSE decided to discontinue the re-evaluation system with effect from 2017. The board this year has brought in stricter norms for accessing photocopies of answer sheets. It asked students to file affidavits, saying they will not challenge their marks after getting the photocopies.
Another teacher of a Guwahati-based school said the CBSE must take the lead in showing the way in transparency to safeguard students’ interests, by doing everything possible like verification of marks as well as easy access to answer scripts and their re-evaluation.