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CBSE adopts TETRA software for level playing field in exams

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been using digital technology to create as much of a level playing field as possible for students who feel unduly penalised by a disproportionately difficult question paper or a stray ambiguous question, a senior official said.

The official said that the Board started using the Theory Evaluation Trend Analysis (TETRA) software – written by its own team – last year for studying the trend of marks being obtained by the students across the regions.

The software displays the live trend of average marks scored across the centres and can be used for moderation of marks in case there’s an unfair degree of ambiguity or difficulty in the question paper.

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“We analyse the trend of marks being obtained by students across the regions and centres. Whenever we spot any deviation from the norm, we call up that centre and probe if there were complaints about the question paper,” a senior CBSE official told IANS on condition of anonymity.

“We look for complaints regarding any ambiguity or difficulty in the question paper. A team then sees if and how much moderation is needed to account for these difficulties,” the official added.

Asked about previously instances of some boards spiking marks, the official emphasised that the Board has never happened as it was “unethical” and quite different from moderation, “which is done by boards across the world” and is a just way of compensating students”.

Another official insisted that moderation is not a matter of policy for the Board and is done only when needed under pressing circumstances. This official likened the software with “CCTV camera” with the help of which the officials oversee the mammoth evaluation execise that the board exams are.

The CBSE had also used the TETRA software last year when it weathered opprobrium from all quarters after the Maths and Economics papers for class 10 and class 12, respectively were leaked.

Board officials saw the trend for both the papers and found that students from class 10 had not benefited from the Maths paper leak because the graph of their scores matched the general trend. Such was not the case with Economics paper, which was reset.

The Board has since fortified its exam system, the official assured, but refused to divulge the details of the changes brought citing risk of their getting compromised.

The official also debunked reports that the Board is conducting exams early this year due to general election, saying it’s “completely wrong” and that early exams have nothing to do with the elections.

“We are conducting exams a little early this year at the instruction of the Delhi High Court, which had said that the schools results should coincide with the Delhi University admission. To that effect, the results also this year will be announced early in May,” the official said.

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HCL to felicitate students at finale of 3rd edition of ‘Sports for Change’

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Lucknow: HCL Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of HCL Technologies, will
felicitate winners of the 3rd edition of Sports for Change. The two-day event will culminate on
November 30, 2019.

Sports for Change aims to leverage the potential and capacity of sports to foster
inclusion and bring people from all backgrounds together at the grass root level.

The Guest of Honor of event will be Mr. Om Prakash Singh, Director General of Police, Uttar
Pradesh, along with special guests Ms. Suvarna Raj, International Para Athlete and Ms. Nidhi
Pundhir, Director of HCL Foundation.

The event will also be graced by the presence of Mr. Binod Kumar Singh, Additional Director
General of Police (PAC), Uttar Pradesh, Mr Abhishek Prakash, District Magistrate, Lucknow, Mr.
Ram Kumar, Inspector General, Central Zone, Uttar Pradesh and Dr. Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur
Singh, Director Basic Education Government of Uttar Pradesh.

HCL Foundation reaches out to 67,500 students across 200 government schools and 60
gurukuls for providing professional exposure in sports. So far, the Foundation has given out 64
sports scholarships worth Rs. 23 Lakhs in total and 50 more scholarships worth Rs. 25 Lakhs in
total will be announced this year. These long-term sports scholarships are funded by the HCL
Power of One – voluntary employee contribution.

More than 400 children from six southern cities – Chennai, Bangalore, Madurai, Hyderabad,
Vijayawada, and Coimbatore; and from various government schools in Uttar Pradesh supported
under HCL Uday in Noida and Lucknow; HCL Samuday in Hardoi, and HCL Grant in Barabanki
and Gonda are taking part in this event.

The students who had excelled in South and North Qualifiers 2019 held earlier this year
had participated in the National Sports Meet. The students representing at the Sports for
Change event today have been identified from over 200 Government schools and 60
Gurukuls after training and coaching support.

They have qualified for the Zonal and State Level Championship and top 400 players are participating at the National Finals

The Sports for Change, 2019 will be inaugurated on 29 th November 2019 by Shri Ram Kumar –
Inspector General, Central Zone, Uttar Pradesh at the 35 th PAC Police Vahini Sports Stadium,
Mahanagar, Lucknow. The event will kick-off with a welcome dance, sports drill and torch run
and torch lighting.

During these two days, the students would be participating in sporting events like Athletics
(100m, 400m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump), Discuss Throw, Shot Put, Badminton, Chess,
Carrom, Football, Kabaddi and Volleyball.

Sports for Change initiative is aimed at leveraging the potential and capacity of sports to foster
inclusion and bringing people from all backgrounds, irrespective of their socio-economic
backgrounds, together at the grass root level.

The key objective is to empower young leaders from disadvantaged communities and
channelizing their energy towards sports thereby making them society’s role models and create
opportunities for them. Over the years, through this initiative 6500+ students have been
successfully trained in various sports such as athletics, karate, chess, carom, badminton,
volleyball, football, kabaddi etc. Students have represented and won accolades at the District,
State and National Level Tournaments.

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