The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) started the evaluation process of class 10 and 12 examinations from Sunday, May 10. HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ stated that teachers will evaluate answer sheets from their respective homes, while the Ministry of Home Affairs has earmarked 3,000 schools for this evaluation process.
The answer sheets will be delivered from the 3,000 designated schools to the residence of evaluators. These schools (evaluation centers) will act as the focal point. After the evaluation is done, officials will come and collect the answer sheets to take them back to the board examination centers, the minister informed. The Ministry of Home Affairs has given the nod to this transportation. “Over 1.5 crore answer scripts will be evaluated and the entire process will be completed soon, the results will be declared following that,” the HRD Minister tweeted.
With nearly 1.2 million students awaiting their Class 12 results and 1.8 million awaiting their Class 10 results, the CBSE has been pushing the government permission to carry out the evaluation process that was put on hold because of the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
Union Minister for HRD Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ also expressed his gratitude towards the Ministry of Home Affairs for granting the permission to carry out an at-home paper evaluation. “We are grateful to the Home Ministry for granting us permission to start the evaluation process and send answer copies to the residence of teachers,” Mr. Pokhriyal said. He further added that the whole process of evaluation is expected to be completed in 50 days.
“As far as transportation of answer sheets to the residences of evaluators is concerned, there is no such restriction on the movement except in areas falling in the containment zone,” the Ministry of Home Affairs has said in an official letter addressed to Anita Karwal, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, MHRD, as stated by NDTV.
Special permission has also been granted for the operation of the evaluation centers. The 16 regional offices of CBSE have been given permission to function without restrictions in the Green and Orange zone and with limited restrictions in the Red zone.
The CBSE will now formulate a detailed plan as per which the evaluation will have to be conducted while maintaining social distancing norms.