In a circular addressed to school principals, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced a promotion policy for students of the 9th standard this year. In the circular, CBSE has listed several points that would have to be kept in mind for the assessment of a student under the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system for promotion that was introduced during the last academic session.
Under CBSE’s CCE system, the subject wise grades of a student at the end of the year have to be calculated on the basis of the performance of the student in all formative and summative assessments in scholastic as well as co-curricular activities.
The total grade points received by a student will be calculated by adding up grade points for all scholastic areas. Also, the grades achieved by a student in different co-curricular areas will be converted into grade points The marking scheme that would be used in the co-curricular activities would be A+ =5, A= 4, B+ = 3, B =2, C =1 in life skills and A+= 3, A = 2, B =1 in other co-scholastic areas.
Students who would achieve total grade points that would be in a range of 34-42 would be allotted the next higher grade in two subjects of the curriculum and students that have total grade points between the ranges of 19-33 will be given the next higher grade in one subject of the curriculum. If a student receives total grade points in scholastic subjects that are lower than 19, the teacher would be required to write a separate note for the student’s improvement that would not affect the student’s promotion to the next class.
The circular from CBSE also said that achievements of students who win or participate in state, national or international level competitions by a body that is recognized by the state or central government or the CBSE would considered for evaluation under co-scholastic grades.
Students will have to achieve a qualifying grade D or higher in all subjects, including the sixth additional subject, in order to be promoted to the next class. Students who receive an E1 or E2 grade in one or more scholastic subjects will be allowed one subsequent attempt to improve their performance and achieve the qualifying grade D in the subjects.
A student will be required to repeat the same class only if he/she fails to obtain the required D grade in one or more subjects even after adding the grade points from co-curricular areas and availing one chance for improvement.