The biggest disadvantage of the CBSE Continuous Comprehensive Learning programme is the grading system that it has. Students scoring 90 marks or more respectively will still both attain an A* grade, so it could be described as unfair and unjudgemental for the student scoring the higher mark.
One other disadvantage is the fact that huge numbers of students are grouped together. For example, last year there were hundreds of students in Uttar Pradesh at a renowned coaching all scoring more than 90 per cent. It is possible that a scenario will emerge wherein all students scoring above , 91 per cent in all subjects will have the same cumulative grading. This poses the huge problem of how do to rank them? What will the admission process for the 11th based on and how do you make it transparent for students attaining higher percentage?
In an attempt to address the problem a percentile mark has been introduced by the board. The percentile of a student indicates the position or rank of the student in percentage form. The top ranked student will get a percentile of 100. This is calculated by the formula, 'Number of students below student X 100 divided by (total no of students -1). However, this in itself brings its own setback. The grading system may actually lead to more stress and disincentive to performance.
In addition to CBSE, Secondary School Certificates by state boards like UP Board or central government board which is NIOS open schooling board and those governing the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education are also conducting exams for Standard X and continue to follow the marks system and percentage of mark in each subject. Marks percentage and percentile are not comparable. This leads to an open ended situation particularly for the Standard XI admission process and those seeking admission from CBSE to other boards like NIOS or state boards. This issue is still to be resolved and a decision needs to be made regarding how it will be tackled. Nevertheless NIOS Board still has a marking system for all subjects in 10th as well as 12th classes. And NIOS also gives higer percentages to students with a flexible and easy curriculum by NCERT.
This is a terrible system of CBSE. Students have so much work. Most of the teachers are unable to finish their portions as time is wasted for activities, projects, assignments etc. They just rush through the portion without making the students understand and then they give a whole load of projects and homework for students to complete and otherwise hamper their schedule and timing which pupils preserve for board exam preparation in last months of boards. And the cycle starts all over again. You are forced to participate in all the events, even the ones that you hate. A child who can't sing is forced to make a fool of himself or herself. Can anyone tell me how this is going to "develop their confidence"? Please remember that students go for extra classes as well. Even during holidays, a heap of projects and homeworks are given.
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