Goa Board must now evaluate itself
The high score in the exams of the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary School Certificate is passed with the results of Class XII, which were declared on July 19, with 99.40 percent.
As the Class X results were announced earlier this month, the percentage passed has exceeded an unprecedented 99 score that would not have been possible in normal times. Only 75 students were classified in the category “need for improvement” and the results of a further 35 students were withheld due to the failure to submit suitable documents. Almost no one failed and everyone still has a chance to take the supplementary exam.
In normal study times, such a percentage would have been counted as a result of successful teaching and quality testing, but the fact of the internal review raises questions. Also, and this is important for the discussion, the student curriculum has been cut by roughly 28-30 percent for the final academic year, again due to the pandemic that prevented students from attending classes at school and one Most of the year classes were held online with poor network connectivity. Given the circumstances, the board’s indulgence in the assessment might be acceptable, but the Goa board has to determine for itself whether this result is actually a moment to be proud of.
The decision to cancel the exams due to the pandemic situation that prevailed at the time is not in question. However, the result, in which almost all of them are passed, raises the question of whether there was an objective evaluation of the students. The question is pertinent because the exams for Grade XII were canceled and the results explained after students were assessed based on objective criteria developed by the Examination Board that 40 percent of the grades correspond to the performance of students in Grade XII -Assigned to prepress. Board exams, 30 percent of their final exams in class XI and 30 percent of the grades in the best of the three subjects in class X.
Grade XII students took a huge leap as the percentage of passed exams rose from 89.72 last year to 99.40 percent this year, a 10 percent jump from last year’s result. Usually the difference in the pass percentage compared to previous years is plus or minus one percent, rarely does the percentage jump by more than 2 percent. In the past five years, the HSSC pass percentage had only exceeded 90 once in 2016, when it was 90.10. The current percentage is therefore surprising and raises doubts about the objectivity of the assessment.
Class XII is a crucial year for the students, and the results are decisive for them, as they decide on a professional degree program based on the grades achieved and choose universities, some of which are also seeking admission to foreign universities. Such a pass percentage should not tarnish the results of those who deserve high percentages and whose results may be viewed with suspicion by foreign institutions.
Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has completed the important duties of declaring the results of the SSC and HSSC batches from 2020-21. She must now evaluate herself and the evaluation process she followed in announcing the results of the two years. Increasing the percentage passed is always good and deserves a pat, but when it gets to that level one has to wonder if the past batches of graduating from high school have been so bad they get such lower percentages. It’s the same board, the same curriculum, the same teachers, only the grading system is different. Does Goa Board have an explanation?
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