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CBSE: Students who missed online classes, pre-boards marked absent

The board won't declare results of these students

CBSE: Students who missed online classes, pre-boards marked absent

New Delhi: Ahead of the announcement of the results, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a notification clarifying that the students who missed online classes or did not appear in the pre-board and half-yearly examination will be considered absent.

The circular comes after some schools reported that few students who were studying in their school at the time of submission of list of candidates are not available for examination/computation of result due to the following reasons:

  • The student has already taken transfer certificate.
  • The student has ceased to be a bonafide student of the school due to any reason including demise and name struck-off cases, etc.
  • The students could not be contacted by the school for various online/offline tests/exams/assessments during the complete session or during exam/practical timetable and it was and is not possible to conduct required assessments.

In such cases, it may be ensured that the students are marked 'absent' so that the result in respect of such students is not declared. It may be noted that data in respect of these students may not be submitted by awarding them zero marks or mentioning anything else against their names.

For subject change cases

Besides, certain instances have been reported by the schools where there is either change of total subjects or only one or two subjects of Class 11 are being offered by the students in their Class 12 after due approval from the CBSE and the rest of the subjects of Class 11 have been changed to new subjects.

In such cases, schools have been asked to follow these guidelines:

  • The school will ensure beforehand that the due approval has already been obtained from the CBSE as per the schedule and no fresh approval requests will be entertained
  • The school will do an assessment of these subjects of Class 11 by using the average of the best three subjects from the subjects actually studied in Class 11.

This year due to an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases, the Centre cancelled the CBSE Class 12 board exams. “Class 12 results will be made as per well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner,” the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) had said in a release last month.

In the absence of crucial exams, the board has decided to evaluate class 12 students for theory based on 30 per cent marks from the class 10 board, 30 per cent from class 11 and 40 per cent from marks based on the performance in the unit, mid-term and pre-board tests. It said that the marks obtained by class 12 students in practical and internal assessment on an actual basis as uploaded by schools on CBSE portal will be also considered in deciding final results, which are expected to be declared by July 31.

CitySpidey spoke to educationist and founder of One More School, Deepa Kumar, she said, “Owing to the ongoing pandemic, it is important to be sensitive to the needs of all students. Many students did not have access to laptops or mobiles and some students do not find online classes very engaging. Many students are going through a lot of anxiety and are demotivated. It is not right to take such a decision as it may be detrimental to their emotional and mental well-being. There should be some solution provided for such students and the principals should be involved in such cases so that the future of such students does not get impacted.”

A parent expressed, “Students are concerned about the delay in their results already. They had prepared themselves for the boards. As a single parent, I know how difficult it gets when there is more than one child. I couldn't afford two mobiles during the lockdown, my children shared the phone by using it on alternate days, due to which both of them had low attendance. There were months when I couldn't recharge the Wi-Fi, all this has impacted them a lot. Delaying the results further would impact my child's career. I want CBSE to reevaluate their plan so that our children get fair opportunities in building their careers.”