Saying that the CBSE might come up with a formula that suits most of the stakeholders under these extraordinary circumstances, the principal of Spring Dale Senior School Rajiv Kumar Sharma informed TOI that ‘objective criterion’ could be an internal assessment of the student.
There could either be a correlation of Class IX marks to the students’ performance in Class X since both are integrated classes or another but a less likely possibility could be the conversion of internal assessment’s 20 marks into a total of 100 marks. But at the same time, he said the internal assessment marks were mostly on the higher side in comparison with the theory marks.
The twenty marks are the combination of pen-paper assessment, multiple-choice questions, portfolio, and project with a weightage of five marks each.
Principal of Delhi Public School Sangeeta Singh said the students were out of real classrooms since April 2020 and were studying online. She opined that there was a possibility of giving promotion to the students keeping in mind the internal performance throughout the year.
Gurmeet Singh, the father of a Class X student, said internal assessment which had to come through the school was the only option with the CBSE to announce Class X results without conducting online or offline examinations. “It’s the schoolteachers who know about the students and can give feedback not the board,” he said. “All the schools will give a good assessment about their students,” he said.
Gaurav Kapoor, a student of Class X, said, “I am relieved with the government’s decision, but you can’t call me a ‘promoted’ student out of any concession. I am ready to give exams too.”
When asked whether there could be any implication of the government’s decision for students in the future, Rajiv replied that students were more concerned about their marks in Class XII. “Marks in grade X are mostly of the fulfillment value for a student, but most of the students chose their future course of action and join various streams after Class XII, so Class XII exams carried more value,” he added.
However, the DPS principal said it could have a direct impact on the learning outcomes of the students and would be felt in years to come. Besides, she said the mental, social and psychological impact couldn’t be ignored.