New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a fresh set of instructions to schools for calculating Class 12 results for students who opted for different subjects in Class 12 than what they studied in Class 11.
In a circular issued to schools Thursday, it also said Class 12 students who missed internal assessment exams during the session should be just marked absent and not given zero marks.
With no final examinations taking place this year, the board had on 17 June declared a criteria to tabulate Class 12 results. The evaluation method involved using a 30:30:40 formula — 30 per cent marks from Class 10, 30 per cent from Class 11 and the remaining 40 per cent from Class 12 internal evaluations and unit tests.
The additional clarification came as schools were facing marking issues for students who changed subjects.
According to the circular issued to schools, the board said certain instances were reported to them where students had changed some Class 11 subjects in Class 12. In some cases, all the subjects that a student studied in Class 12 were new. Since schools were facing difficulty in tabulating Class 11 marks of such students, the board had to come up with a clarification.
The board said schools should take the average of the best of three subjects, out of the total subjects that a student had studied in Class 11, to evaluate such cases.
For example, if a student studied economics, political science and history in Class 11 and changed his subjects to economics, sociology and psychology in Class 12, the evaluation for Class 11 marks will be done on the basis of economics, political science and history.
“Certain instances have been reported by the schools where there is either change of total subjects or only one or two subjects of Class 11 are being offered by the students in their Class 12 after due approval from CBSE and rest of the subjects have been changed to new subjects.”
In all such cases, the CBSE circular said: “The school will ensure beforehand that due approval has already been obtained from CBSE as per schedule. No fresh approval requests will be entertained.”
It added: “The school will do assessment of these subjects of Class 11 by using the average of the best three subjects from the subjects actually studied in Class 11.”
‘No zero marks’
The board also said students who were absent in the unit tests or internal exams in Class XIII, and who could not be contacted for their assessment, should be marked absent and not given zero marks.
“In all such cases, it may be ensured that the students are marked absent so that the result in respect of such students is not declared. It may be noted that data in respect of the students may not be submitted by awarding them zero mark or mentioning anything else against their names,” the circular said.
More than 14 lakh candidates had registered for Class 12 exams in the 2020-21 session.
The results will be declared by 31 July, the CBSE told the Supreme Court last month when it submitted a detailed evaluation criteria, which was decided after the board had to cancel exams because of the second Covid-19 wave.