NEW DELHI: The Central Board for Secondary Education Term 1 exams begin on Tuesday for Class XII and Wednesday for Class X.
The schools have arranged for photocopy machines, taking care to stock extra ink cartridges and papers because they are required to print out optical mark recognition (OMR) answer sheets and do not want to be caught at a disadvantage.
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AK Jha, principal of Government Co-ed Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 8, Rohini, has installed an extra photocopier. He said, “For now, the exams are scheduled in my school only on Wednesday. It is on a minor subject, so we don’t expect any problems. We might face difficulties when the exams are in important subjects like English and Hindi.”
Unlike students of private schools, government school students will not be writing the exams in their own school, but in other test centres. Sunil Kumar Joon, English teacher at Government Boys’ Senior Secondary School in Ghitorni, said, “Our school is not an exam centre, but the Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya nearby is one.”
In another government school at Madanpur Khadar on Monday, the authorities checked the internet speed, which had only recently been enhanced after hybrid teaching and learning, comprising online and physical lessons, began at the school.
On Monday CBSE organised a mock drill for the schools in printing the OMR sheets and question papers. Term 1 exams will comprise multiple choice questions with the students marking their answers on the OMR sheets. Tania Joshi, principal, The Indian School, said, “Conducting the mock drill proved helpful because we learnt how the mass printing needed to be done. Each school’s email ID has been submitted to the education board and that is how we get the link for downloading the OMR sheets.”
All the examinations, which are to be conducted from November 16 to 29 and again from 26 December onwards, will have question papers supplied in an encrypted mode. Forty-five minutes prior to the day’s exam, the school will be able to download the question paper. The exams will begin from 11.30am instead of the regular 10.30am.
The students of 26,000 schools affiliated with CBSE in India and 26 abroad will be writing the exam. Because the examination will be conducted in the schools, the board has appointed observers at each examination centre to preserve the sanctity of the examination process. There will be one observer with centres hosting 500 examinees and two for those with more than 500 students. The city coordinators are responsible for appointing the observers at the examination centres.