Come exam season, and students, along with their parents are caught in the wave of confusion fueled by misinformation, fake news and rumours.
But, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has finally launched a one-stop solution to the problem—the Shiksha Vani app.
A podcast app, it was launched on Monday, with an objective to bridge the information gap between the board and the students.
The app will be used to communicate major announcements by the board and is being considered to be the quickest method of relaying correct information.
In fact, after the launch, the app already passed its first official circular confirming the beginning of the evaluation procedure for the 2019 Board Examinations.
“Easy availability of up-to-date information regarding educational tools and initiatives can improve outcomes, and that is the reason why the board constantly endeavours to be in touch with its stakeholders. The board also believes in the use of new, appropriate and user-friendly technology to ensure the proper spread of its directions,” the board’s notification stated.
According to CBSE officials, the medium of the podcast was chosen because of its speed, accuracy, higher reception and the benefits of oral transmission of information, over existing mediums.
In addition to this, the board has made sure that the information reaches only those who it may concern. For instance, on the app, the current announcement about the guidelines and policies for Board Exam 2019 answer sheet, and preparation of CBSE results 2019, is accessible only to registered examiners.
However, it is presently only available for Android users and not for iPhone users.
To download the app, one needs to visit the Google Play Store and search for CBSE Shiksha Vani and install the same.
The mobile application provides separate sections for various kinds of users-students, parents, teachers and principals—making it user-friendly enough to switch between accessing video and audio content. Even officials have a particular section, where they need to provide their registered mobile numbers to obtain the information concerning them.
Pushing the bar higher
To make the evaluation procedure robust and fair, the CBSE is taking stricter steps, in addition to its digital initiatives.
The board has requested the evaluators to dedicate 8 hours every day without fail so that results can be declared sooner and more efficiently.
All CBSE schools have also received a notification to ensure that all their teachers are available for the evaluation process.
This step comes in response to the Delhi High Court order last year, which instructed the board to announce Class 12 results and complete the re-evaluation procedure before the beginning of admission procedure at Delhi University.
Last year the results were announced on May 26, and DU’s first cut-off list was out by June 16.
Which is why, this year, the board exams began before February 15, to ensure that these deadlines are adhered to.
With effective implementation in place, the application can truly be a promising aid to the students as well as the parents.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)