Plus Two exams in for overhaul in Orissa

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Faced with widespread criticism over poor performance of students in the Plus Two examinations -2008, the State Higher Education Department finally decided to go for overhaul in preparation of questions and its pattern from the next session.

The Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), Orissa, was asked to bring about certain reforms and constitute moderate question boards for each subject, State Higher Education Minister Samir Dey said here on Monday.

'Earlier a retired professor was entrusted with framing questions for a particular paper. However, retired professors were not able to keep track of frequent changes in syllabus.
Henceforward, a moderate question board comprising of five experience teachers would frame the questions,' Dey said.

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After boards were put in place, there would be scope for instant corrections of questions, he said. 'The teachers, who will have comprehensive knowledge about syllabus and question patterns being followed by the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, will be taken in the board.'


'We will give more emphasis on objective type questions. Step-marking methods would be reassessed to create scopes for students to score good marks in the examinations,' the Higher Education Minister said.

Among others, the CHSE would introduce internal assessment tests in every two months for Plus Two students across the State.

'We will issue formal guidelines to all junior colleges making bi-monthly tests compulsory. It will keep the students on their toes and enable them to compete CBSE students at national level,' Dey said.

The marks secured by students from internal assessment tests would be reflected in their final results and a detail procedure was being worked out, he said.

In the science stream, the pass percentage dipped by 15 points since 2006. Similarly, students of the commerce and arts stream though put up slender improvements compared to 2007 examinations, the performance was below the results of 2006.

The CHSE was recently perturbed with the raging controversy on poor performance of students in mathematics.

While parents blamed the faulty selection of questions, a sizeable section of academicians held the deteriorating standards for the situation.

Dey said syllabus would undergo constant reforms as well as emphasis placed on teachers' training to keep pace with improving standard of education at the national level as well as in other States.

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