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Oct 2013 Source: Times of India

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has urged schools to prepare their own question papers for Class X school-based exam. "Schools should set their own question papers or the respective Sahodaya should set them. Only then can we say that we have moved towards school-based assessment in its real sense," said CBSE director (academics, research, training & innovation) Sadhana Parashar. She was speaking at the All Kerala CBSE principal's conference and training organized by Confederation of Kerala Sahodaya Complexes on Tuesday. At present, the schools set questions from two sets of unique question papers that CBSE sends online for each school. Most of the schools prefer to get the questions from the Board, she said. Meanwhile, none of the school principals present at the conference was willing to accept the suggestion. Explaining reason for the reluctance, CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi said, "Till sometime back we used to have board exams. Since recently, the students have started opting for school based exams. It is just a matter of time before they will have confidence in question papers set by the schools. We will gradually ensure this." In the past, the board used to provide question papers and marking scheme to conduct the summative assessment (SA) through CDs. From the previous academic year, the CBSE, with a view to make the distribution system better, provides each school two sets of unique question papers generated through online software. The schools would prepare their question papers from these two sets. CBSE also encourages them to prepare own question papers and sent them along with the marking scheme to the board for verification. However, schools rarely follow the same.

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