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‘Schools shouldn’t give out students’ marks’

mumbai Updated: Jun 02, 2011 02:07 IST
Bhavya Dore

A day after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced Class 10 results for two regions in the country, the board’s chairperson Vineet Joshi once again urged the schools to refrain from disclosing the exact marks to the students.

For the second year, the board graded Class 10 students instead of giving out the marks. However, schools have access to students’ marks and some have been disclosing the marks to the students. Curious students have also been logging on to ‘calculator’ websites and trying to access marks using their school codes, to see how their grades are reflected as marks.

The board announced the results for the Chennai region (which includes Maharashtra) and the Delhi region on Tuesday. Results for three regions —Ajmer, Panchkula and Allahabad — were announced on Wednesday. Results for the remaining regions will be announced later in the week.

“I advise school principals to refrain from disclosing marks to the students,” said Joshi. “The idea is to avoid promoting competition between students.”

Schools will, however, not be penalised if they are found giving out the marks to their students. “Disaffiliation is too strong a threat, but I advise schools not to give out marks,” said Joshi.

Students in Maharashtra might be particularly keen to find out their marks since they will need these in case they wish to apply to junior colleges in the state. However, this data is being made available to schools only and not to students directly.

For school principals, all of this is new ground. “At the moment, we are not telling the children their marks. But it is a tricky issue. After all, these are their marks. So, why should we be keeping it from them?” said a school principal requesting anonymity.