Several teachers’ organizations in West Bengal have stated that the lack of uniformity in the marking by schools in class IX examinations led to the majority of students scoring high marks in the secondary (Class 10) examinations. In this year’s secondary examination, more than 90 percent students have secured first division and the pass percentage is a record 100 percent. The secondary examination was not held this year due to the global pandemic situation and the evaluation was based on the student’s performance in the 2019 examination for class IX and internal assessment for each subject in class 10 in the ratio of 50:50.
Teachers’ organizations also expressed concern that more students have passed out than the seats allotted for class 11 due to so many students getting high marks and passing percentage being 100 per cent. Chandan Garai, an office-bearer of the All Bengal Post Graduate Teachers Welfare Association, told PTI on Wednesday that the reason behind the strictness by many schools in giving marks to the students in class IX examination is that the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education is in such a situation. Can’t do much as they have to follow the marks sent by the schools.
Garai said, “Many schools are not strict in evaluation when students are promoted to class nine. This process becomes difficult in 10th. When the board in good faith announced the ratio of 50:50 giving equal weightage to class IX annual examination marks and class 10th subject wise internal assessment, we feared that every student would not get marks as per his/her ability and It turned out to be true.” He said the emerging situation will reduce the number of seats in higher secondary institutions as more than 10 lakh students have passed out of which more than nine lakh have secured first division and students with less merit will be benefitted.