Change has become a tradition at Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the latest being the change in name of the Class X board exam which came as the biggest shock for many schools. The school-based exam will now be known as Scheme – 1 and the board-based exam will be known as Scheme-2.
There is no change in the system of marking or mode of conducting the exam and it has left many schools wondering what the need for it was. The circular notifying the change did not give any clarifications for this change.
A school principal revealed that the circular gave all previous information and the only new thing added was the change in the name of school-based and class X board exams which were earlier called Summative Assessment – II (SA-II). Those students who wish to continue with the CBSE board after Class X will now appear for Scheme – 1 and those who want to move to other boards will be required to appear for Scheme – 2.
Sources revealed that the Board thought the change in name was necessary as the term ‘school-based exam’ gives the message that the exam is not serious in nature and has more of a ‘class test’ feeling. There have been issues in the past where the Maharashtra state government refused to give admission to the students who had taken the school-based exam.
Another source informed that the Board always referred the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) as a scheme, so this concept is not completely new. An ex CBSE official expressed that a new name will not change the dynamics of the exam and an exam of such importance should be evaluated centrally.
Source: Times of India
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