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Why CBSE Decided Against Re-Examination of Class X Mathematics Exam

The CBSE on Tuesday decided to cancel the re-examination of the class X Mathematics paper after evaluating 1000 randomly-selected answer scripts from examination centers in Delhi, Panchkula and Patna regions.

Anil Swarup, the secretary for School Education, shared the table with the media to show how the pass percentages of the 1000 students were compared with their last year’s performance to arrive at the decision.

“The Board compared the pass percentage of these (1,000) students to the corresponding figure for last year and found that there was no unusual spike or change in performance. In fact, the pass percentage of this sample size is less than that of last year,” said Swarup.

According to the table on sample evaluation, Delhi region reflected 89.36 per cent as its pass percentage, which was in contrast to its earlier percentage of 93.62 per cent in 2017.

In Panchkula region, 84.77 percent of the students evaluated passed the paper this time as against 99.18 percent last year. The Patna region’s sample evaluation threw up a pass percentage of 73.55 percent, which was much different from 98.93 percent last year.

The Delhi region includes schools from the Capital and National Capital Region (NCR), Panchkula region covers schools in Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir. Schools in Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkand come under the Patna region.

Interestingly, since the board exams were optional for the Class X – the pass percentage of last year is an average of the Board results and internal evaluation done by the school.

This is because of the provision that though the question paper was set by CBSE, the students had the liberty to choose to have their paper evaluated either by the Board or their school.

Explaining why there are re-tests for class 12th but not for class 10th, Swarup said: “There is no denying that the paper has been leaked, but it has evidently had no impact on the performance of students.

Moreover, we also had to see what implications our decision would have on the future of students. Heavens are not going to fall if we do not conduct a re-examination of a Class X examination. But if we do, 14 lakh students are going to be put through a lot of inconvenience.”
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