Evaluation of ICSE and ISC Semester 2 answer scripts will be centralized, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) said.
Examiners will sit at designated centers and correct the answer scripts this time. In the ICSE (Class X) and ISC (Class XII) Semester 1 exams, held in November – December last year, the answer scripts were evaluated by examiners in the school on the day of the examination itself.
For the Semester 2 examinations, the council will return to the earlier system of holding centralised evaluation in which teachers are required to correct the scripts at council-designated centres. The process continues for two to three weeks.
Gerry Arathoon, secretary and chief executive of CISCE said like the system that used to be followed before, the exam centers will have to send the answer scripts to the council after the exams. The council will then send the scripts to designated evaluation centers where examiners, appointed by the council will sit and examine the scripts.
“Evaluation of ICSE and ISC Semester 1 answer scripts had to be decentralized because of Covid – 19. The council has decided to go back to centralised evaluation system again. Necessary instructions have been sent to the schools in this regard. The examiner selection process is also complete,” Arathoon told EducationWorld.
The evaluation of the Semester 2 scripts will start within a week. The ICSE and ISC Semester 2 exams began on April 25 and 26 respectively. Centralised evaluation was introduced by the council in 2010 to bring about parity in the evaluation process and expedite publication of results.
Before that, examiners were allowed to take the scripts at home and they had to send them back to the council after marking the papers.
In 2020 the evaluation was partly held in a centralized manner. In that year the examinations in some of the subjects in ICSE and ISC could be held but the tests in some papers had to be cancelled because of Covid 19. The correction of scripts in some subjects were held through centralised evaluation. For some papers, the examiners were asked to take the answer scripts home as a precautionary measure against spread of Covid – 19.
In 2021 the two exams had been cancelled in view of the huge surge in Covid 19 cases and results were prepared on the basis of an assessment scheme prepared by the council.