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West Bengal Board scraps Class XI exam

Published On: 14 Jul 2012 | Last Updated On: 16 Jul 2012

Now the Class XI students of West Bengal Higher Secondary Council (WBHSC) will not be required to take lengthy annual exams in their pre-board year. The board has replaced the class XI exam with a ‘problem solving assessment test’ which will be a 3-hour objective type test.

The COBSE (Council of Boards of School Education in India) has directed the board to make the policy effective. The HS Council will demand approval for the COBSE decision in an executive council meeting and then forward it to the government for sanction.

The WBHSC has already agreed to the MHRD’s decision to permit only top 20 percentile students from each state board in IIT-JEE.

The test will be taken at schools but evaluation of answer sheets will take place centrally at regional centers of the council.

 HS Council will frame the question paper which will cover all 5 subjects and will access students’ concept.

The marks scored in the test will be mentioned in the HS board marksheet. CBSE has already introduced this system from this academic session.

The test has been implemented keeping a number of objectives in mind. With this number of exams will be reduced which will motivate students. It will also discourage rote learning practice and teachers can simply focus on textbook teaching instead of giving out notes to students. It will also encourage the practice of reading between the lines among students.

As the exam will be held only on one day unlike previous years when exams of 6 subjects were spread over 11 days, the students will not be burdened. This will also bring down the businesses of coaching centers.

Moreover, students will take it seriously as the marks will be reflected in their class XII board marksheet. The delays in submitting marks will also be minimized because answer sheets will be checked at regional centers through machines.

Students will get a question booklet along with a Weimar sheet having a carbon copy. Students will be allowed to carry question paper and a copy of Weimar sheet to their home. The council will upload the model answers on the official website within a week so that students can get an idea of the marks scored.

Source: Times of India

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