Low marks for CBSE Class 10 Malayalam paper blamed on faulty evaluation norms

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New Delhi: A large number of Class 10 students reported poor marks for the Malayalam paper after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced the results for the pandemic-hit academic year 2020-21. Aggrieved students and parents have blamed the Board for lapses in fixing a proper evaluation criteria for language papers.

As the CBSE Class 10 final exam was cancelled due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the results were declared based on an evaluation criteria fixed by it.The CBSE authorities, however, denied any confusion in fixing the evaluation norms.

No complaints have been received regarding less marks given to students of the Malayalam paper, CBSE officials stated.

The assessment method
The criteria for arriving at the final marks for Malayalam paper were based on the average marks scored in the best-scoring three subjects other than Malayalam. Parents and students pointed out that this had not only affected marks for Malayalam, but also the total grade and score of students.

The marks were accorded this time by giving equal weightage to various components like internal assessment, class tests, biannual exams and pre-Board exams. The best scoring year from among the last three academic years was considered as the base year for calculations. The CBSE had also fixed a ceiling for the maximum mark given to a particular paper.

But students complained that this valuation methodology was not followed in the case of Malayalam, Tamil and French language papers. Instead, the marks for Malayalam were accorded on the basis of the average of marks received for the three best-scoring subjects of each student.

Students may send complaints
Meanwhile, the CBSE has invited complaints from students, if any, regarding the results of Class 10 and 12 exams.

The complaints can be about calculation mistakes, errors in uploading the results on the website or any other issues related to valuation. Complaints regarding the allotted marks can be given till August 11. Students have time till August 12 to file complaints regarding the uploading issues. These complaints will be solved at the CBSE offices, but any complaint regarding the valuation criteria will be screened by the expert panel on valuation.

Other complaints will be screened by the CBSE zonal offices.

The complaints received at the school level should be uploaded on 'School Request Submission for Resolution (SRSR) System' of the CBSE.  

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