June 23, 2024

For quick success in competitive exams, parents often enrol their wards in dummy schools that do not conduct regular classes.

CBSE is set to come down heavily on

eliminating dummy schools across the country. These are the schools that register students but do not conduct regular classes, instead allow them to prepare for the competitive exams in affiliated coaching institutes. The Board sees such schools as an impediment to the overall development of students who pass out from the CBSE schools.

“Such schools usually do not have enough teachers. During the exams, we ask them to send teachers for evaluation. These schools need to employ teachers in proportion to the number of students enrolled, to checking of copies. We may also start taking online attendance for dummy schools and act based on complaints received. All prominent cities in the country have one or two dummy schools that follow unfair practices. They may register 100 students but out of 100, only 40-50 students attend the school on a regular basis,” says Sanyam Bhardwaj, controller of examinations, CBSE.

The Board has hailed the parents, teachers, and students to root out corruption from the education system. “Parents must realise that if they send their ward to a dummy school, they are depriving their children of solid all-round education. Children learn best among peers in schools, such learning also enhances their social skills. Also, when students go through the teaching-learning process at the school, they develop a special bond with their teachers and principals. Alumni often give back to their schools by either volunteering to take a few classes to inspire students or helping with improving the infrastructure of the school,” adds Bhardwaj.

Besides preventing the mushrooming of dummy schools, CBSE is racing against time to declare the board results, which are scheduled for the last week of July. The weightage to be given to the term I and term II board exams for classes X and XII is yet to be finalised. “Nothing has been decided regarding the term 1 and term II weightage in the results, but we will keep the students’ best interest in mind. Initially, the board had thought of including the marks obtained in the term I and term II for preparing the result, but nothing has been fixed so far. We are still in the process of accumulating data for deceleration of results,” says Bhardwaj.

Bringing the attention back to academics
CBSE decided to conduct offline exams while Omicron cases were on the rise. “It was a huge exercise, as we increased the number of centres so that students didn’t have to go far from their homes,” says Bhardwaj. Several schools were funded by CBSE to provide drinking water to students during the exams to counter heat waves in May and June.

Bhardwaj says that the performance of most students in term II exams will be better than in term I exams. Term II exams had subjective-type questions which allow evaluators to assess the students’ writing skills, critical thinking skills, vocabulary, and expression, he says. The marking will be done based on the marking scheme created by the CBSE that has been shared with the evaluation centres.

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