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A test of nerves in virus season

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The last few days have witnessed a great deal of discussion and debate around the tail end of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations process, which was interrupted at the fag end due to the corona crisis. I find the issue worrisome since it has caused stress for students.

The CBSE has just announced that the affected students must be content with an assessment method for the unexamined subjects through a process that shall take into account their performances in these subjects in the last three school examinations. This is not the best way to assess the students. For one, often students do not pay much attention to school examinations as during that time they are far more focused on preparing for various entrance examinations. Also, examination standards vary immensely from school to school.

More cons than pros

Another concern is that those students who were able to appear in each and every required examination have a major advantage since they had appeared in these examinations after an opportunity for proper preparation. I wonder why the CBSE did not explore a third possibility? To my mind this particular issue is not as vexed as it appears. Perhaps a solution could have been devised along the lines of giving the students a choice.

They could either appear in the residual examination at an appropriate stage-at their own risk-or take as a score for........

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