CBSE Board Results: Goal of reducing students' stress levels

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams results are a hot topic of conversation these days as this year, they broke all records. CBSE on Wednesday released Class X results with an overall pass percentage of 91.46 percent, recording a marginal improvement over last year’s figure, even as the board did not announce a merit list in view of the circumstances triggered by the COVID-19)pandemic.
Out of the 1,873,015 students who appeared for the Class X examination this year, 1,713,121 students cleared the test across 20,837 schools in the country, with the overall pass percentage 0.36 percentage points higher than last year. Similarly, the CBSE Class XII pass result has also soared to an all-time high of 88.8 percent. The number of students scoring 95 percent and above has more than doubled. Of these, 150,198 students received “compartment” this year compared to 138,705 last year.
However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, CBSE postponed all Class X and Class XII exams scheduled between March 19 and March 31 earlier this year. The move, however, had little effect on Class 10 exams that were scheduled to end on March 20. Only two exams were scheduled to take place on that day – Information and Communication Technology, and Computer Application. The assessment scheme relaxed to compensate students for the many disruptions originating in the pandemic.
At 99.23%, Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) schools recorded the best pass percentage among institutions followed by Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JKV) at 98.66%. While government schools recorded a pass percentage of 80.91% across the country, the figure for private schools stood at 92.81 percent. Union minister for human resource development Ramesh Pokhriyal tweeted congratulatory messages to all stakeholders and reiterated that “student’s health and quality education are our priority.”  The CBSE had already decided to do away with the practice of declaring a student as a’ Fail’ on the marksheet or on other documents. I had decided to replace the term with ‘Essential Repeat’. Because experts say that ‘fail’ or ‘failure’ conveyed a sense of “unworthiness” and impacted a student’s psychology in a negative way.

- Prabhakar Purandare

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