With the Odisha Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) all set to announce the annual Plus 2 results by July 31, educationists suppose it will be a herculean task for the Council to come up with results that are pro-student and satisfactory to all through the alternative evaluation methodology.
Given the recent outburst of Class 10 students across the State over the results published by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) through a different assessment criterion, the Plus 2 Council will certainly have to be extra-careful to avoid reoccurrence of such backlash.
Speaking on the evaluation process, the CHSE Controller of Examinations recently emphasized that more than 90 per cent students will clear the examinations. His assertion which came even before the publication of the results has sparked extensive speculations among the students, educationists and academicians alike.
Putting aside affirmation of impressive pass percentage, students, however, are more concerned over transparency in the evaluation. There is an apprehension that brews in the minds of many which presumes foul play by authorities of private colleges which may try to hike pass percentage of their own students by awarding extra marks to candidates in projects and practical papers.
However, to avoid such practices, the CHSE has decided to award marks to students in Practical/Project Papers by calculating average marks of their last three years. In case of default, the marks of students will not be uploaded, the CHSE controller of examination has clarified in a letter dated July 9.
School and Mass Education Minister Samir Dash recently said, “Students should understand that the examinations could not be conducted and the results will be announced by adopting the best mechanism possible. I am hopeful that the results will be satisfactory. If any student is upset with the results, he/she can appear for the offline examinations which will be conducted later based on the feasibility and Covid situation.
The results of 3.5 lakh students will be declared by July 31 as per the directive of the Supreme Court. Students of Arts, Commerce, Science and Vocational courses will be awarded marks using the alternative evaluation.
However, resentment ferments among students who had not performed well in their Class 10 examination, given the fact that results of the past board Class 10 examinations will be a strong parameter for awarding marks in the Plus 2 board examinations.
Priyanka, a Plus 2 student, said, “As marks will be awarded on the basis of Class 10 results, there is doubt over pass percentage. Since colleges remained shut, many students have also not prepared for the examinations as they could have and so they may not opt for offline examination too if awarded low marks in the alternative evaluation. In fact it is a lose-all situation.
Another Plus 2 student Bishnupriya is of the view that the alternative assessment would decide the future of students. "We are clueless on the timing of the offline examinations and are also doubtful whether we will get any seat in any colleges after that.”
Educationists too opine that more mismanagement is likely to occur in the evaluation of Plus 2 exams than in the case of Class 10 results this year. And lack of foresight of the government can only be blamed for it.
Kamal Prasad Mohapatra, an academician said, “Rigorous classes were conducted from January to March. The CHSE should have conducted test of students at that time. It is completely a lack of foresight of CHSE as well as State government. It is certain that the council will face a major challenge as it is going to publish results on July 31. I have doubt whether the results will go in favour of students or not.”