In its second year of testing under the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation Scheme (CCE), only a handful of students — close to 50,000 — from Delhi took the exams, while only 4.1 lakh students appeared at the national level.
In Delhi, a total of 3.5 lakh students were eligible to sit for the Board exams. Close to 3 lakh students opted for CCE.
Teachers said the exam was now a mere formality that students had to abide by if they wished to change their school after Class 10.
“The number of students taking Class 10 exams has come down drastically. We have found that only those students who wanted a transfer after Class 10 were opting for the Board pattern,” said Jyoti Bose, principal, Springdales School (Dhaula Kuan).
While the pass percentage saw a marginal rise from 98.52% in 2011 to 98.83% this year, CBSE maintained that equal weightage was being given to both testing patterns.
“CBSE conducted a summative assessment for the second year in a row under the CCE system,” said MC Sharma, controller of examinations, CBSE.
Schools said the CCE pattern provides a stress-free environment to the students.
“The CCE system is a child friendly system because no child is held back and there are hardly any compartments. Also, parents feel that it is a more stress free pattern,” said Ameeta Wattal, vice chairperson, National Progressive School’s Conference (NPSC).