CBSE board exams… The truth behind the system and the solution to the problem
Over the years, fear of CBSE board exams has been an issue in all Indian schools not only in India but abroad as well. Indian schools in Dubai follow the CBSE curriculum, where the 10th and 12th grade students have to attempt CBSE board exams at the end of their annual year. Board exams are written by thousands of students studying in CBSE schools in Dubai, students have to travel to various examination centers, and their papers arrive from the CBSE board and are exported back to the CBSE hub, New Delhi for correction.
Once the papers are corrected results are published online within couple of months. I am sure all the CBSE students out there know the amount of pressure that comes along with these CBSE board exams. To think of it, they are just like any other final exams but the only difference is the exam papers are drafted and corrected by CBSE faculty in India not the school faculty in Dubai. Therefore, it is very difficult for students abroad to get used to this system, the thought of their answer sheets being exported to another country for correction scares them and builds up the pressure even more. [pullquote_left]What if the answer sheets get misplaced? What if the examiner receives only half of my answer sheets? What if some liquid falls on my answer sheet while it’s being exported?[/pullquote_left] Thousands of unrealistic questions creep into students mind thus making them nervous and horrified with CBSE board exams.
Finally I think all these questions and fear reached the ears of CBSE. CBSE came up with a new branch of their curriculum the CBSEi which stands for Central Board of Secondary Education- International. CBSEi was launched in Dubai, at the Indian High School in 2010 but was restricted only till 9th standard. This curriculum has been subscribed by 30 schools in 9 countries. CBSEi aims to promote effective communication skills, interpersonal and collaborative skills, media skills and creative and critical thinking skills.
The batch of 2012 were the first 10th graders to experience the CBSEi board examination. The results of these students were out on 24th May 2012 and were immensely inspiring for the students. CBSEi follows CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) grading system. The Millennium School Dubai has opted for CBSEi board, out of the 96 students who appeared for this exam, 43 have scored CGPA 9 and above. The pass percentage is a 100% and 5 pupils scored a CGPA of 10.
With such outstanding results and decreased pressure on students, more schools are starting to opt for CBSEi curriculum in the future. Whereas some schools like Indian High School has kept both the options, CBSE and CBSEi allowing students to for the first time make a choice of the board exam they’d like to appear for[quote]The question paper of CBSEi are drafted by the CBSEi faculty but the answer sheets are corrected in the school itself , maybe that’s the reason why students don’t fear CBSEi board exams as much as they feared CBSE board Exams. [/quote]