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CBSE Boards Term-1 were Challenging for Students and Teachers

CBSE Boards Term-1 were Challenging for Students and Teachers

The ongoing CBSE term-1 board examinations for class X and XII had their share of confusion among students, teachers and parents. Several of them complained of new surprises in the form of changing instructions by the Board and several anomalies in the question papers. Then there was also the specter of exam stress that haunted the children as well as their parents.

Changing instructions

“In the beginning, the CBSE said that questions papers will be encrypted and they will be printed at the exam centres. We didn’t have the infrastructure to support it, so there was panic. The Directorate of Education intervened and the government schools in Delhi were able to collect the printed papers from their custodian banks. Then the board also changed the pattern of the OMR sheet amid the exams. Also, there were anomalies in question papers, and in some instances, the answer key did not match with the questions,” says Suman Gupta, head of school, Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya No 1, C Block, Janakpuri, Delhi. She says the board again issued renewed instructions regarding the evaluation of the OMR sheets. “They are not sticking to their guidelines. The school staff has been quite taxed, it has been a difficult time,” says Gupta.

Sachin A B, Principal, Narayana e-Techno School, Bengaluru, says CBSE is following a new way of conducting the exams so they took inputs from the grassroots level and modified the instructions. He adds that instead of splitting the exam pattern into objective and subjective types, term-1 and term-II exams should have similar patterns.

Students also faced a lot of anxiety and stress because of the new exam pattern. “There is always a fear of board exams, children need to relax. We have created mentor groups, to help children deal with the stress. Mentors regularly check on children and ask them how they are feeling. The children have to be calmed down,” says Shalini Nambir, Director Principal, Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Vasundhara, Ghaziabad.

By
Shalini Nambiar
Director Principal,
Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Vasundhara, Ghaziabad

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