The CBSE Board has released an important notice regarding the ongoing Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Answer Keys for Term One examinations. In the notice shared by the Board, CBSE has asked the examiners to stick to the answer keys shared by the Board while evaluating the OMR sheets filled by the students.
The notice reads: ‘Although every possible care is taken by the Board, there may still be a possibility of some ambiguity in questions or discrepancy in answer keys. However, the Board has a well-settled system to address such issues. Therefore, it is informed that the evaluators may check/evaluate the OMRs according to the answer keys provided to them.’
School Principals point out that this is the first time that CBSE is conducting exams in this format with enhanced use of technology.
CBSE asks examiners to stick to the answer keys shared by Board
Annie Mathew, Principal of Gulf Model School, Dubai, explained: “CBSE is currently conducting Term One Board exams for grade 10 and 12 across all its affiliated schools. The format is Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and students need to choose the correct option and mark it in the Optically Marked Response (OMR) sheets. Evaluation is done on the same day based on the answer key provided by the Board.”
This is the first time that CBSE is conducting exams in this format with enhanced use of technology
Meanwhile, CBSE schools in the UAE have had to get special permission from the Ministry of Education (MoE) and each emirate’s education regulatory agencies to hold these exams during the country’s National Day holidays.
In the case of any systemic errors, the CBSE has invited schools to report any observations they may have about the question papers to the Board.
Lalitha Suresh, Principal of GEMS Our Own Indian School said: “City Coordinators and Deputy City Coordinators have been appointed for easy communication and conduct of the Term I exams. The officials at CBSE are very receptive and respond to queries quickly and in a timely fashion. All schools have been instructed to follow the marking scheme provided by the board at the end of the exams. 20 per cent of the marked OMR sheets are checked by the observers appointed by the city coordinators. The Board has informed schools that they have a well-defined system to identify and rectify any errors if any, and appropriately award marks to students. The supportive systems of the board have put schools, students and parents at ease.”