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While HSC students are finally settling down and appearing for their board examinations in mumbai, the state board helplines are constantly busy. Clogging the helplines at present are anxious SSC students and their parents, inquiring about a range of topics, including examination centres, changes in exam pattern and last minute worries.
By afternoon, we received over 300 calls from SSC students. Since most got hall tickets only last week, students have been continuously calling up to inquire about their centre’s addresses, said Balsaheb H, an official with the helplines. But officials said they had not received any calls from HSC students till afternoon. Apart from routine questions, students are worried about the new examination pattern the state board has implemented in Math’s and Science this year. The pattern will include objective and application-based questions and more choices in the multiple choice question (MSQ) option. The final Science practical (40 marks) will be evaluated by the school itself. From this year, no external examiner will set practical papers or evaluate them. Since many schools pointed out those practical exams for no other subject are evaluated by an external coordinator, we decided to change the pattern for Science practicals too, a state board official said. He added that even though the subject pattern had changed this year, students need not panic. Examinations will be smooth sailing and students and parents don’t need to worry, he said. Students will have to secure a minimum 25% in papers. While in Science, they will have to score 15 out of 60 marks to clear the paper, in Math’s, students must score at least 30 out of 120. From next year, the changed pattern will be applicable to all subjects, where students will have to get a minimum pass percentage.
Courtesy: Times of India
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