There are about 200 CBSE schools in Hyderabad. Of them, 10 to 15 have their first batch of class 10 students passing out this year.
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As per the policy, curated to grade students in the absence of exams, all CBSE-affiliated schools have to consider their historical performance — best overall performance in the last three years — as reference, while marking students for 2021. And since these new schools have no such data to refer to they will have to consider the district average as the reference for assessment.
The problem: Extremely low district average that can prove unfair to students who have otherwise scored high marks in their previous tests.
“The district average for subjects such as English and Maths is 37 and 36 respectively. Our students have performed much better than that. How can we reduce 20 to 30 marks in each subject, because we have to consider the district average? It’s very unfair,” said Caroline Ross, principal of Springfields International School, Bandlaguda.
Given the dilemma, many CBSE schools have now written to the board seeking an alternative to evaluate students.