Since the 2010-11 academic session, when the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) first allowed schools to internally assess the performance of Class-10 students on the basis of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), there have been allegations of several schools manipulating results to increase their 'market value'.
Such allegations have multiplied sharply after the declaration of results on May 30.
The CCE system makes it mandatory that 70% of the assessment is done by schools on the basis of formal and informal tests. For the rest, the board gives students the option to go for external board checking or be evaulated internally by schoolteachers.
It has been found that in many cases where schools had a high percentage of students with CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) of 10, the number of students opting for internal checking was way higher than those opting for the board exams.
A principal of a reputed private school here told HT on the condition of anonymity, "There are schools previously unheard of that have made it to the top list in Class-10 results. Ironically, they fared poorly in the Class-12 results. Obviously, there is something fishy."
Another principal of a private school here said several schools manipulated internal assessment when they sent reports to the board for verification. The principal added that there were schools which had 'leaked' question papers to students before the examinations.
"The CBSE provides us question papers a few days before the examinations.
Since most of the exam affairs are handled by the school management now, manipulation has become easy. I know of a couple of schools which called a surprise revision class a day or two before the exams and revealed most of the questions in the name of 'important questions'," the principal alleged.
When questioned, RJ Khanderao, regional officer, CBSE, admitted that the board had found evidence in the past couple of years against a few schools which were not carrying out the CCE in a fair manner.
Claiming that the number of these schools was very low, Rao said the board had been regularly conducting surprise and random checks at schools ever since the CCE came into existence.