Several principals pointed out that once the students were back on campus and were asked to take pen-and-paper test, they found it difficult to focus during the three-hour exam. Some students were unable to finish their paper on time because they had been out of practice for over a year in writing with pen.
“The pre-board results show a dip in the percentage of marks compared to 2020. A year of studying online may have impacted the current batch’s zeal to secure high marks,” said Ian Myers, principal of Frank Anthony School, where students took the offline test. Myers pointed out that many students found it tough to concentrate during the pen-paper exams after a year of attending online classes.
In Ram Mohan Mission School, nine students had scored above 90% in the pre-board exam last year. This year, only two reached that level. “We managed to hold physical pre-board examinations, but, comparatively, the results demonstrated poor performance by students after a year of online classes,” said principal Sujoy Biswas.