Despite an increase in the number of students opting for school based exams, many
feel that CBSE conducted tests are more secure
Class X students of Central Board of Secondary Education
(CBSE) board are left with two options: school based exams and board based exams.
With the final examinations fast approaching, students are still mulling over which
one to opt for.
"The numbers of those taking the school exams are steadily rising. However, in my
opinion, taking the board exam allows a student to keep his options open, especially
if they haven't decided if they want to continue in the same school or shift boards,"
said Mansoor Ali Khan, general secretary, Management of Independent CBSE Schools
Association and secretary, Delhi Public School. He added that the number of students
taking the school-based exam has increased as compared to the previous year.
The role of parents plays a crucial role in deciding what the students should opt
"Such a decision should be taken in conjunction with parents because the students
are too young to take such a decision themselves," he said.
Venkat International Public School, for instance, advise their students to take
up the board exam regardless of the choice. "Even though, there is no difference
in terms of preparation, students and teachers feel that board exams are more secure.
Moreover, in a board exam, students need not feel that there is some sort of partiality
being shown, since it is evaluated externally," said school chairman, T Balakrishna.
However, there are others who feel that taking the school exam is less complicated.
"For instance, one of my students who took up the school-based exam wanted to apply
for revaluation and a photocopy of her answer script. The process was so much easier.
The same process would have been cumbersome if she had taken the board exam," said
Manjula Raman, principal of Army Public School.
"The board exam has far more value than the school exam. We also feel that in terms
of evaluation, the board exam may be much better. To be on the safer side, we have
advised our son to opt for board exam," said Pushpa Singh, mother of Aakash, student
of Air Force School (Hebbal).
For Malaika G Naidu, who just took up Class 10 CBSE exam, what really does matter
is getting one's priorities right. "Honestly, I've told my juniors that it doesn't
make any difference. The only difference is who evaluates the answer sheets. And
even that does not matter because, in both cases, the examiners check the papers
based on the key. However, if one wants to shift schools or change boards, it is
important to take the board exam," she said.
Courtesy: DNA India