The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has directed schools to commence their new academic session for classes 11 and 12 from April 15 instead of April 1.
In its latest circular, the CBSE has stated the decision was made to give enough time to teachers to evaluate the board’s Class 10 and 12 examination papers, which continue till April- end, and to ensure the “quality of evaluation”.
The circular says while the new academic session is scheduled to start on April 1, it has been observed that some schools fail to relieve their teachers for evaluation, which it terms as an “undesirable” practice.
“Though “session” means a period of 12 months, normally from April to March, the board is rescheduling the commencement of the new academic session for class 11 and 12. In doing so, the schools will be in a position to depute an adequate number of postgraduate teachers for evaluation work without disturbing the school’s functioning,” the circular said.
Every city has a paper checking centre with local teachers, especially postgraduate ones, to check CBSE papers.
The circular assumes significance as schools in the region used to begin both the class 11 and 12 sessions from April 1.
Welcoming the decision, CBSE counsellor Rakesh Sachdeva said the move would help local paper checking centres in conduction the evaluation on time.
“While schools have in the past expressed some reluctance in letting go teachers for checking papers, those assigned for evaluation duty will now be able to perform their task without a hitch.
Moreover, board will now be able to get an adequate number of teachers for this purpose,” he said.