The difference in marks between the Madhyamik Board and its national counterparts always concerns the students. In order to bridge the gap, the state government appointed syllabus reform committee for formulating new syllabus for classes nine and ten.
Aveek Mazumdar, head of the committee will submit the proposed new syllabus before April 10. In order to encourage students to take up Madhyamik curriculum and to reduce stress, the committee has suggested awarding students full marks in language subjects like English, Bengali and others. A proposal is also made to give part marks to students if they follow the method correctly even if the answer is wrong. At the same time, correct answer, but an erroneous process will earn them some marks if not full.
The committee also plans to bring changes in the Madhyamik question pattern. Multiple choice questions (MCQ) and short answers will be introduced in place of essay type questions. This will reduce excessive dependence on private tuitions and will encourage test reading.
The proposal will be sent for final nod to the school education department and West Bengal Board of Secondary Education. According to a school department official, the changes will be implemented from 2015-2016 session.