New Delhi: The optional examinations for Class 12 students, unsatisfied with its assessment criteria, would be held between August 15 to September 15, the CBSE informed the Supreme Court on Monday.
In the affidavit, the CBSE told SC that the exams would be conducted if the environment is conducive in the backdrop of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The Supreme Court was hearing a case on cancelation of class 12 board exams for students who would be appearing for compartmental exams, NIOS, and repeaters.
In an additional affidavit, CBSE said that the examinations for private and compartment would be conducted in such a manner so that they will fall within the assessment policy for the academic year 2019-2020.
It also said that the policy for the tabulation of marks for Class 12 Board Examination 2021 has been formulated by the CBSE to ensure standardisation of marks, as marks of Class 11 and 12 components will be awarded at the school level.
Therefore, CBSE in the affidavit said that the policy will strictly not be comparable across schools due to variations in the quality of question papers, the evaluation standard and processes, the mode of conduct of exams, etc.
About the suggestion put forward by the top court on developing a dispute resolution mechanism, the CBSE said that the disputes regarding computation of results will be referred to a committee constituted by the board.
"After the declaration of result by July 31, if the candidates are not satisfied, CBSE will provide an online facility for registration for the examination. The examination will be conducted by the board only in the main subjects as and when conditions are conducive for holding the examinations," said the affidavit. And added, the marks obtained by a candidate in this examination will be treated as final.
In order to ensure standardisation, the CBSE added that each school will have to internally moderate the marks to account for the school level variations by using a reliable reference standard as provided in the policy.
"This is necessary for the interest of fairness and to ensure that the marks allocated are comparable and there is no adverse impact or undue gain for any student because of the methodology/process of evaluation used by the individual school," added the affidavit.