City schools and students are worried about their performance in the unusually tough mathematics paper in the Class 12 examination, the results of which will be announced on Saturday by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
Of the 14,99,122 students that had taken the exam throughout the country in March, 54,000 students were from Chennai region, which includes Maharashtra. Last year, the state had registered a pass percentage of 91.59%, the lowest in the past three years.
History could repeat itself this year too, as the maths paper held on March 14 had driven millions of students across the country to tears and triggered a debate in Parliament. The CBSE was flooded with online complaints about the daunting paper and faced flak over a reported question paper leak in Patna region.
“We are anxious about the Class 12 results, especially because of the maths paper this year,” said Avnita Bir, principal, RN Podar School, Santacruz. Around 478 students of this school had taken the exam this year.
Schools said they were counting on the remedial measures promised by the board.
The board had placed the feedback received from students, subject teachers and examiners before a committee of subject experts. Officials had also said students will get marks for following the right steps to solve a problem even if they failed to get the answer right.
“The board had assured us that the maths paper will be checked leniently. We are hoping that will ensure good results,” said Ganesh Parameshwaran, principal, Balbharti Public School, Airoli. “Even the physics paper was a bit tough, according to the students,” he said.
A day after the results are announced, the CBSE plans to start its counselling sessions, which will continue until June 4 from 8am to 10 pm. A special counselling facility will also be made available for differently-abled children. Students can call toll-free number 1800 11 8004 from any part of the country and get in touch with operators for general queries related to results or to connect with the counsellors. Techniques to help students cope with result-related anxiety are available on the CBSE website www.cbse.nic.in.
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The CBSE results will be declared online at noon on May 21 on three web portals — www.results.nic.in, www.cbseresults.nic.in and www.cbse.nic.in. They can also be accessed through search engine www.bing.com.
Starting this year, CBSE will also provide Class 12 digital mark sheets on https://digilocker.gov.in on their DigiLocker accounts. The DigiLocker account credentials will be sent to students via SMS on their mobile number registered with the CBSE. The results will also be available via Android mobile app “DigiResults”.
Students in Maharashtra can call 011 – 24300699 to hear their results through an IVR system.