Students in a fix over new grade system

CBSE class X results today

Students in a fix over new grade system

Reason: The results, to be announced both online and through mobile SMS, will not reveal the marks secured or the percentage. Regional head for CBSE Nagarajan said in Bangalore that though the results will be announced in “grades”, a “cumulative grade point average” will also be declared.

“You can check for the results on Friday. There will be no pass or fail. All the results will appear in grades like A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 and D,” he said. “This is a Central government policy which has been decided after a very long time. Students will not be given any marks or percentage,” he added.

But students are not likely to be excited by the new grade pattern. As National Public School principal Shantha Chandra put it, there is no way the students will know their marks. Some students, however, feel the new system will be favourable for average students.

“Even if there is a difference of 2-3 per cent between two students, the grade system will place them on equal footing,” said a student from Bangalore.   Aishwarya Kushary, a Delhi school student, felt the new system has come at a “cost” to their independence.

“As we are marked on everything from behaviour to attitude, this system is being introduced at the cost of our freedom,” Kushary said, adding that she is nervous about the results.  Air Force School Bangalore principal Banumathi said that though the new grade pattern was good, there will be a lot of confusion in schools on Friday.

“Students who have done their examinations really well wish to know their marks, too. This system denies them of their right to know their individual performance based on marks and percentage,” she said.

How does the grade pattern work in case a student wishes to take up PU course. “Most of the students will be absorbed into CBSE Class XI in the same school. If a student wishes to get into PUC, he/she will have to apply only with the grades secured,” Chandra said.

Some students whom the school managements prefer to leave their institution would be given the marks details, it is said. Under the new grading system, internal assessment marks are added to the board examination scores.

A system for internal assessment will be there for students not willing to give the board examination. The exact percentage will be revealed on special request if the board finds it suitable.

How it works

* Grades on a 9-point scale

* Range from A1 (excellent) to E2 (dissatisfactory)

* D is the minimum pass grade A1 - above 91 score; B1 - 81 to 90; D - 33 to 40; E1 and E2 - below 33

* Grades also carry equivalent points - 10 for A1 to 4 for D

* Exact marks not to be revealed, but these points can be multiplied with 9.5 to get the average marks represented by grades

* A1 will be equal to 95; A2 - 85.5; B1 - 76, B2 - 66.5; C1 - 57; C2 - 47.5

* D will be equal to 38 

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