RANCHI: School students are likely to be promoted to the next class, irrespective of their performance in the examinations or internal assessment conducted by the schools, and most schools have decided to do away with ranks this year. These decisions have been taken at individual schools in absence of guidelines from the CBSE, ICSE or the state education department.
Most schools affiliated to the CBSE board have decided to declare results online. Jawahar Vidya Mandir (JVM) Shyamali principal Samarjit Jana said they will declare the results online for students from nursery to Class IX while the results of Class X and XII students who appeared in pre-board examinations will be issued offline.
“We will be lenient in terms of promotion and a student will only be detained if it is found absolutely necessary for his or her improvement,” he said, adding that no rank would be awarded this time in the wake of difficulty that the students and school management faced due to lockdown.
Another CBSE school, Surendranath Centenary School, also plans to upload the results online. Vice-principal Debashish Bhattacharya said the school is associated with Mercantile Institute of Computer Application, which will prepare the virtual report cards for the students. “Students facing network interruptions were given 24 hours to submit the answer sheets physically,” he said, clarifying that his school will not detain any student this year.
Oxford Public School principal Suraj Sharma said his institution will conduct a retest for students who could not perform well in the online exam. He also clarified that all will be promoted to the next class.
A majority of ICSE schools are preparing to publish the results offline. Bishop Westcott Girls’ School principal Jacqueline Edwin said, “The results will be offline, but the dates and timing will be staggered to ensure social distancing on the campus.” Sources said the entire Bishop group has opted for the same pattern.
Another school under ICSE board, St Xavier’s, has also decided to promote every student. Schoolteacher Santosh Kumar said “We are not ranking students. The decision on the mode of the results is yet to be taken.”
Meanwhile schools under the Jharkhand Academic Council will follow government guidelines on the issue. Ursuline Convent principal Mary Kanta Kerketta said two exams were conducted since the lockdown. “The final examination is going on and we are waiting for directives if everyone is supposed to be promoted,” she said.
Officials in the department of school education and literacy were not available for comments.