Pupils scoring over 90 percent now pass 70 and 75 percent on the Central Council for Secondary Education (CBSE) first trimester exam. There is no doubt that students, parents and schools now find the need for lenient correction necessary.
But is this the exit? Is it only the result that matters to students? What about the basic skills and knowledge they lack to pass the exam?
Over a year and a half of online classes is showing its legacy and not just for those who did not attend the classes but for everyone, including deserving students. Most students feel challenged to pass even the CBSE’s first trimester exam, whether it’s class X or class XII.
Additionally, as we pursue hybrid mode schools with three offline classes per week, this trend is expected to continue. How much sense does it make to keep schools restricted from running offline classes for students… the same students who attend weddings, go to malls, and even coaching classes often take off their masks?
Schools question administration and wonder how children will develop herd immunity? Are we still under the illusion that the coronavirus will end forever?
Parents, for their part, although hesitant at first, believe that online courses should be maintained for this school year now.
Results are crashing because e-learning is not as effective
The results of the CBSE collapse, while the severity of the exam is the same as before. Rather looking at the program, it is now half the program and two terms.
The part of the more objective questions is definitely difficult. “Students who scored 90% and above are now only able to answer 70-75% of the questions correctly, and similarly, other students who scored above 80% with courses outside line are now below 60 percentile, “UK Jha, president of the Indore Sahodaya Complex of CBSE Schools, said.
Students lack concentration, fail revisions and practical knowledge
In schools, it is normal for students to discuss among themselves. They discuss various interests and often their studies.
Most students learn from their peers, which they cannot understand or clarify in class. However, with online courses, this indirect natural review and discussion is irrelevant.
Principals and educators are finding that this very change is another barrier that makes education more difficult, even for students who excel today.
Consider the risk to student life
There are chances of a third wave and the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has issued a warning of a massive third wave of Covid hitting the country if the necessary precautions are not taken. Omicron’s covid variant has so far infected 23 people across the country.
With these quotes and warnings from the World Health Organization (WHO), parents’ associations deem it unnecessary to send their children to take classes offline. “For the younger ones, that’s fine and even other classes have already studied 80% of the time in online courses. How will the next 2 to 3 months bring about a major change in learning? Ramakant Sharma, representative of the parents’ association, said.
Students need time to adjust to offline schools now
Parents feel that students have lost the habit of going to school and their usual routine. “It will take time for students to bounce back and adjust to the old habit of going to school offline. It might even take two to three months, so why start now in this academic session, ”said Satish Sharma, a representative of a parents’ association.
Will become an excuse to charge a full fee now
If schools restart offline, parents fear that schools will use the next three months of offline schooling to charge regular tuition fees. “Right now parents are getting fee relief due to online classes, but if offline classes are restarted, the school could charge full fees even running offline classes for only 3 months “said lawyer Chanchal Gupta.
Panic on exams, anxiety on the rise
Exam fever and panic are issues some students have experienced so far. They were usually treated with calming techniques.
Most of the students never needed medication for this. “Now, by attending exams offline after studying online for over a year and a half, most students panic. I have tried counseling several students and some also need medication now, ”said psychiatrist Dr Smita Agrawal.
Lack of knowledge will hurt in the long run
Due to the lack of learning many basic elements and overcoming, many students are expected to face challenges in the future. “The same students are going to college, they will face a struggle there and even if they erase it, companies would hire students with skills and not just certificates,” Jha said.
What Does CBSE Say About Tough Papers?
“If CBSE gives an exceptionally easy question paper, how will the abilities be judged?” Students these days are not used to writing this way, when expected to write they find it difficult to cope with speed and time. We receive feedback from all schools within 24 hours of taking the exam. A team of subject matter experts analyzes the questionnaire on the day of the exam. The comments are then submitted to a group which, accordingly, decides on the scoring scale. We will follow the same rule this year as well. Therefore, what the students ask for does not concern us.
Sanyam Bhardwaj, Exam Controller, CBSE
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Posted on: Saturday December 11th, 2021 01:42 IST