The run up to CBSE’s Class X results, which will be declared on May 28, is distinctly different this year. Sahil Sharma, a Class X student of Delhi Public School, Dwarka, is not a bundle of nerves. “Earlier, there was pressure to secure above 95 per cent in all subjects. That’s gone,” he said.
Sharma’s not an exception. With the system of awarding marks at the secondary level having turned redundant, Class X students this time are relatively more relaxed.
Last year, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced that the Class X Boards would be discontinued from 2011. As for the 2010 batch, students will be awarded grades on a nine-point from A1 to E1 instead of marks.
A student scoring an aggregate between 91 to 100 per cent, for instance, will be awarded grade A1 and an aggregate from 81 per cent to 90 per cent will translate into A2. The competition among students and pressure from parents, as a result has decreased with there being no toppers this year.
However, the academically bright lot is still not happy. The absence of the marks differentiator, in fact, has turned out to be a new reason of worry for them. “The bright students are unhappy as they won’t know where they stand. They want to feel challenged, but the system of grades does not offer that,” said Jyoti Bose, principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road. “I’m personally not too excited about the new system. Why should I be clubbed with a group when I have clearly done better than the rest,” said Lavika Sachdeva, a Class X student of Manav Rachna International School.