CBSE grading system to be in place by February
Is CBSE going to introduce a grading system for the Class 10th board exams for the academic year 2007-8 or not? If you go by the Union HRD ministry's reply to a question posed in the Rajya Sabha, it is not going to be so. CBSE officials, however, say the grading models will be ready by February which will come into effect for Class 9th students from April 2006 and in Class 10th the following year. Special differential models for grading languages and social sciences papers are also being developed. While papers for subjects like mathematics and science will be graded as per the uniform model developed by the Board, the need for differential models for languages and social sciences papers was felt given the possibility of subjective marking in certain humanities subjects. "The grading system is almost ready now and we are just fine-tuning differential models for a few subjects. States like Haryana and Himachal Pradesh will follow our nine-point grading system model," said. CBSE chairman Ashok Ganguly. Kerala is also ready with its own grading model. There is also a plan to divide the top grade — A—into three parts, A* and A** to give some kind of indication about the high achievers. "A 90 percent score in math and social science or English is not comparable. An 80 percent is an excellent score for a humanities student. The comparison should be kept in mind," he added. The CBSE had declared the introduction of the grading system for Class 9th in 2006-07 and Class 10th in 2007-08 in September 2005 after a Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE) recommendation. It had also said that the mark sheet awarded to the student would carry a Grade Point Average (GPA) score instead of pass or fails.
( Hindustan Times)