Last year, the high number of students securing perfect 10 in Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in the CBSE Class-10 results from the tricity had raised many eyebrows over the school-based assessment system. This year, however, the number has dropped, and experts are calling it good sign for the overall academic orientation of the students.
As confirmed by CBSE regional director RJ Khanderao, around 1,200 students from the tricity have scored perfect 10 this time, which is considerably lower than last year's 1,369 students. In Chandigarh, 852 students had CGPA 10 in 2012-13, while the number is 744 for the 2013-14 session, results of which came on Tuesday.
Principal of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, Vineeta Arora, whose school topped the tricity last year but slid to the fifth position this time, said, "This year, several schools consciously took a rational call to tighten their marking scheme and instead concentrate on grooming." It is because the schools realised that glut in students with CGPA 10 was not helping them academically in classes 11 and 12. "So, the decrease in students with perfect score is a welcome trend," she said.
Several schools also said that the introduction of problem-solving assessment besides other internal assessments also effected the grades of the schools, hence many of them had come into the bracket of A-I grade which, they said, was equally good.
Khanderao gave the credit reforms introduced by the board in the last one year: "Not only was the marking system of the board tightened, but the board also kept a check on school-based assessment system. CBSE was the first national examination body to have started an on-screen marking (OSM) system that brought in transparency." In fact, as stated by the CBSE in its press statement, it was able to declare the results early this time because of introduction of the OSM. For years earlier, the Class-10 results came by the end of May, mostly after the Class-12 results. CBSE counsellor and principal of DAV School, Sector 15, principal Rakesh Sachdeva said the system had really helped bring in speed and accuracy.
Shashi Banerjee, principal of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, Panchkula, the school that topped the tricity, said the overall grading system was getting more mature over a period of time: "We follow school-based assessment, and students face a rather tougher marking scheme, even tighter than the CBSE's board-based exam marking scheme. I think every school needs introspection. Our goal must be to produce good students."
Trend across schools
As such, there has been a fall in students with CGPA 10 among all top schools in the tricity. For instance, last year, DPS-41 had 33.7% students securing preferct 10, but it's now down to 28.7%
In Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, 46.5% students had got CGPA 10 last time, but that's down to 38%. There is drastic fall in Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, where the percentage has gone from 49.3% in 2012-13 to 29.2% now.
Pass %age: Tricity in sync with national trend
The overall passing percentage of the tricity, at 99.14, was in sync with the national figure of 99.15. Nationally, it is 99.03 in case of board-based exam system and 99.27% in case of school-based system.
Going into the arithmetic, the CBSE regional director said Panchkula region, comprising Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, J&K and Himachal Pradesh, has done better than national average in the break-up. The passing percentage of the region in board-based exam is 99.6, while for school-based assessment it is 99.51%. Thus, overall pass percentage for the region is 99.55.