The answer sheets of the Class X Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Class XII Indian School Certificate (ISC) examinations will contain the photographs of the examinees going forward, according to officials of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). The move is expected to make the examination system more transparent.
As per CISCE officials, photographs in answer sheets will prevent instances of answer sheets being misplaced and reduce mistakes during assessment. Moreover, appropriate steps will be taken to ensure that evaluators are not influenced while assessing due to the photographs. Students who are not satisfied with the assessment of their answer papers can also apply to acquire answer sheet photocopies as well as revaluation, the officials added.
The system of OMR sheets first made its appearance in CISCE examinations last year, albeit on an experimental basis. The system will be continued this year as well, in a simplified form.
The CISCE has an office in New Delhi only currently. However, new offices are expected to be set up in the cities of Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kolkata shortly, in order to offer increased facilities to school authorities as well as students, added the officials.
CISCE officials claimed that the council will be granting affiliation to 300 private schools. At present no government school is affiliated to CISCE since none had applied for the same.
In India, there are around 2,050 CISCE-affiliated private schools, out of which 280 are located in the state of Karnataka. In fact, Karnataka has the most number of schools affiliated to the CISCE in the country. It is to be noted that Karnataka bagged a whopping pass rate of 99.83% in the ICSE examination 2014 for Class X. The state also led the ISC examination Class XII Results this year with a pass rate of 98.38%.
Source: The Times of India