It’s back to the old ways of holding exams and evaluating answer scripts for the ICSE and ISC boards. In 2014, the board had flirted with cloud computing to cut down on the time required to publish the results. But after a year of software glitches that led to a lot of confusion, the board decided to switch back to the traditional ways.
The 2015 ISC (Class XII) exam will begin on February 9 and end on April 1 while the Class X ICSE examination will be held between February 26 and March 30.
For the 2014 exams, the ISC and ICSE boards had switched to the virtual format where students were given bar coded answer scripts and an OMR sheet where the teacher was required to put the marks obtained by the student. The idea was to hide the personal details of the student and at the same time allow teachers to directly upload the marks on the council website thereby cutting down on precious time for the declaration of the results.
However, this system gave rise to several glitches, forcing the board to go back to the manual evaluation system from 2015. “This year, we are reverting to the old system of evaluation but in 2016 we will come up with something new, which will substitute the OMR sheet and overcome the difficulties associated with it. We would further simplify the process of marks capturing in 2016,” said Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary of the ISC and ICSE council.
But the board hasn’t junked the virtual route. “As a pilot project, for the first time on Thursday, we got connected via video conferencing with convenors of the ISC exam,” Arathoon said, adding, “The council intends to use this technique in future on a regular basis.”