Here’s good news for Class-12 students battling last-minute butterflies concerning what would be the best way to answer questions in the forthcoming board examinations.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will soon upload on its website, cbse.nic.in, model answer scripts from previous years so as to help students gain an insight into the examiners’ mind and to find out for themselves the answers that have fetched the maximum marks in previous years.
Even though the CBSE had taken a similar initiative in 2008 and uploaded scripts of students who had obtained full marks in various subjects, this time the board has decided to go a step ahead. Soon, the answer sheets to be displayed on the CBSE website will not be limited to those of the toppers. Instead, the overall quality of the answer sheets will be assessed and even those who may not belong to the toppers, yet are very good, would be accessible online.
“The answer scripts of major subjects in Class 12 will be uploaded in a couple of days for the sake of candidates appearing for the board exams. These scripts will offer good examples of presentation, writing, creativity and reasoning. The answer scripts may not belong to candidates who scored full marks, but they will surely help students gauge what makes an ideal answer script,” said CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi.
“This is a wonderful idea that will set a benchmark for students. It will ensure quality in the answer scripts of those appearing for the examinations. The board must take up this task after getting a nod from subject experts. Only those answer scripts that are screened carefully by a group of experts should be posted online. I am sure that this step will help students come to know what to write, the steps to be followed, the word limit for answers, time management skills and the flaws that should be avoided,” said Sangeeta Bhatia, principal, KIIT World School, Pitampura.
“Such steps will benefit many students in different ways. It will inform them the best way to write down the salient points in answers, self evaluate and raise their academic strengths. We used to do this at the school level, which, however, was like a drop in the ocean," said principal, DPS, Sushant Lok, Gurgaon, Dr Ruchi Seth.
Students have also given a thumbs up to the CBSE's latest step. "It is a superb thought that will completely help students to sail through the Boards with ease. I am looking forward to online answer scripts that can teach me how I can improve and make my skills better," said Kanav Kumar, a Class 12 student from Air Force Bal Bharati School, Lodi Road.
Some educators believe that the initiative will also help the parents who teach their wards at home.
“It is also expected to help the parents who are seeking the guidance on writing answers and help boost the morale of students,” said Usha Ram, principal, Laxman Public School, Hauz Khas.