The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), for the first time, has set the question paper for Class IX examination across all its schools.
Students, however, have no reason to panic, as their answer scripts will be evaluated internally and not by the CBSE.
“This is not like the Boards,” said Chairman Vineet Joshi. “We have set questions to ensure uniformity in how all our schools conduct the summative assessment.”
All affiliated institutions were directed to use the CBSE question paper in a circular issued on Thursday. Schools will soon get their question papers in a CD, which the principals or staff can access only through an allotted password.
CBSE’s new system of Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) was implemented formally in Class IX from October 2009.
“We have devised questions to allay fears of parents and students. Many were afraid that after CCE, schools will either not finish the syllabus or there will be no uniformity in its implementation,” said Joshi.
The board will provide schools with question paper for Hindi, English language, English literature, mathematics, science, social science, communicative English and communicative Hindi.
“In respect of other subjects/languages, the schools will administer their own question paper based on the sample question papers available on the CBSE's website,” the circular states.
The answers will be evaluated internally according to the marking scheme of the board.
“We will eventually withdraw these papers once the schools have an idea of what kind of questions to set,” said Joshi.