On Tuesday morning Tejasvin Samarth, 15, found he had a perfect score: a cumulative grade point average of 10, when the CBSE Class 10 results were announced.
Samarth was one of the 44 students in his school with a 10-point score, and one of the first batch of students across the country to experience the slew of reforms the board set in motion in 2009.
The reforms included continuous comprehensive evaluation (CCE) since Class 9, the optional board exam and assessments on soft skills, attitudes and co-curricular activities.
“For the first time, I am happy that I was one of the lab rats for the experiment,” said Samarth, a student of RN Podar School in Santacruz. “We ended up learning much more through the new system and never had to sacrifice any aspect of our lives because of a board exam.”
Across the city, parents, principals and students hailed the new system as a success. The numbers too, told the same story.
At Kendriya Vidyalaya in Bhandup, the 10-point scorers went up from 13 last year to 20 this year, at Kendriya Vidyalaya INS Hamla, the number was up from 2 to 22 and at Apeejay School in Nerul it was up from 70 last year to 84 this year.
Other schools such as RN Podar (Santacruz), Rajhans Vidyalaya (Santacruz) Navy Children School (Navy Nagar) and DAV School (Nerul) said the performance was on par or slightly better than last year.
Across the state, 75% of students registered for the board exam, and 25% for the school exam. In the rest of the country, 67% registered for the school exam.
“Definitely over time more will opt for the school exam,” said Vineet Joshi, chairperson of the board. “They will see the system working and then decide.”
Principals said both sets of students performed equally, with the exam component only a part of the detailed report card. “A student’s complete personality was taken into account,” said Sunit George, vice-principal of RN Podar School. “There was no pressure on performing at a single exam and doing well was no longer a lottery.”
Additionally, the board allowed students to improve grades if they scored well in co-scholastic areas such as values or hobbies.