Dissatisfied with the CBSE Class 10th Result of her daughter, an IPS officer on Tuesday lodged a complaint with the Central Board of Secondary education (CBSE). In his objection, the 2001-batch Gujarat cadre officer, Vipul Aggarwal, has claimed schools are misusing the "freedom" given for internal assessment of students and acting in an "arbitrary manner".
The IPS officer emailed his complained to the chairperson of CBSE (Anita Karwal), a day after the CBSE Class 10 Result 2019 was declared. Vipul Aggarwal is currently posted in Ahmedabad city as the Joint Commissioner of Police (Administration).
In the email, the IPS officer mentioned that her daughter has secured 89.6% in the Class X exam, obtaining 448 of the total 500 marks.
For every subject carrying 100 marks, the CBSE conducts exams for 80 marks, while schools take the test for the remaining 20, termed internal assessment (IA) or practical.
As per the mark sheet, her daughter achieved 91% in the 'theory' papers of 80 marks each conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education while her score remained 84% when it comes to 'practical' marks given by her school, which according to him, has lowered her daughter's overall grade.
In Science & Mathematics, she has secured 75 and 76, respectively, out of the total 80 in the 'theory' segment. However, she was given 17 & 15, respectively, out of the total 20 by her school.
"It may be seen that in maximum cases, the grades given by school are much less compared to what she has scored in theory examination, resulting in lowering of her overall percentage.
"In fact, the difference is to the limit of 20% in Mathematics, which is absurd," said Vipun Aggarwal while talking to media persons.
He cited an example of male students of a CBSE school in Uttar Pradesh, where he claimed that the boy secured 75.25% in 'theory', he was given 20 out of 20 in all the subjects by his school, which helped him in achieving higher grades.
"Thus, a student scoring just 55% in Mathematics & 65% in Science theory papers get 100% in internal assessment.
"Does that seem a justified internal grading," asked Aggarwal, who clarified he is just questioning the freedom given to the schools, not the marks given to her daughter by her school.
"Madam, I don't wish to contest on the grades given by school either, but my objection is to the freedom given by CBSE to schools to assign grades to schools in a completely arbitrary manner," the IPS officer said in the complaint.
Mr Aggarwal claimed that while some CBSE schools are giving high grades in internal assessment, as much as 100%, some others are conservative, which results in injustice to students.
"The disturbing features is that CBSE has so far been helpless in curbing this. When we are speaking about an all- India uniform examination standard, why are there such discrepancies and aberrations, harming students?" he said.
"I, therefore, call upon the intervention of your good departments to ensure more discipline and responsibility is imposed on the schools so that the students' careers do not suffer and the credibility of the esteemed institution is maintained," he mentioned.
Vipun Aggarwal, himself a Class 10th topper in 1991, suggested the board should consider eliminating the IA system altogether or set a clear and objective methodology for it.
He also recommended that the final practical examination at schools be conducted by independent examiners.
Aggarwal told the current assessment system is at fault, not her daughter's school.
"My contention is that CBSE does not have any control on the internal assessment carried out by CBSE affiliated schools. My daughter's overall percentage has been changed because of lower grades given by the school in the internal assessment," said the IPS officer.