A total of 28.24 lakh students have registered for the class 10 and 12 exams. (Representative image) Photograph: (Others)
The proposal has been made to ensure error-free evaluation by the CBSE, which has come under severe criticism for its inconsistent marking
Class 10 and 12 board exams may be advanced from March to February from 2018-19 onwards, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said Wednesday, in a bid to ensure error-free evaluation of answer sheets.
"The examinations should start around February 15, and we are also planning to complete them within a month," CBSE chairman RK Chaturvedi told The Times of India.
But the proposal's calcification hinges on the approval of the board, the chairman said.
Until now, the board exams are scheduled from March 1 to April 20, taking 45 days to complete.
Advancing the exams would give students time to apply at institutes and colleges as the date of the results would also be brought forward.
It would also help get more experienced teachers to assess the answer sheets.
“Advancing evaluation to mid-March will ensure that we have the best teachers checking the answer scripts,” Chaturvedi said. “During vacations in April, schools offer us only temporary, ad-hoc and newly-appointed teachers...as experienced teachers don’t oblige.”
These decisions come in the wake of CBSE being savaged for litany of evaluation-related errors, including incorrect tallying and inconsistent marking.