The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made it mandatory for class IX students to secure minimum 25 per cent marks in Summative Assessment (SA) in order to qualify for the next class.
The move, needless to say, will definitely make life more tougher for a lot of students than ever before.
Even though the move was technically implemented last year itself, its potential effects are becoming more apparent now with students as the dates of SA closes in.
Prior to this move, marksheets of students included cumulative scores from two SAs as well as four formative assessment (FA) for individual subjects. While that system will remain in place, students now will need to make sure that they score a minimum 15 out of 60 marks in each SA.
The new system already seems to have gained popularity amongst education experts as well as teachers across the country.
“Students are now taking things seriously as they realize a casual attitude won’t work. Both SAs will have to be given importance and they can’t rely on any weird combination of SAs and FAs to help them pass,” Reena Dargan, principal of IRA International School, stated, Times of India reports.
Anmol Badjatia, principal of Jain International School, also said on a positive note that the change would eventually shift academic focus to comprehending the core subject matter instead of rote learning.
“It will now be all about knowing what you learn, understanding properly the things being taught. For example, in English subject one can learn about grammar with sentence formations, word usage or it can also be about drama etc,” Badjatia said.
Meanwhile, new reports suggest that a similar mechanism may also be deployed for students of class X. In a letter sent to all CBSE affiliated school, the Board said, “student would have to obtain 25% marks in the summative assessments (both the SA1 and SA2 taken together) to be eligible to qualify the examination.”
In the same letter, the Board also emphasized that both SAs are mandatory, meaning even if a student misses the exam due some unavoidable cause (such as illness), he or she will have to appear in it within a stipulated time.