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The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has decided to change the Intermediate and Matric examination system from the upcoming session. Also, semester system would be introduced for 2012-14 session. The board has decided to upgrade its vocational courses to match them with the industry requirements. Talking to TOI, BSEB chairman Rajmani Prasad Sinha said the Intermediate and matric examinations would have more objective-type questions, apart from short ones..
"From the next session, the board examination conducted at matric level in science and social sciences stream would be of objective-type, while the students of the arts stream would be writing their papers on traditional pattern," he said Sinha said similar system would be replicated at Intermediate level and added that the changes have been introduced to overcome the disadvantages of traditional pattern of examination. "At present over 12 lakh students appear at matric examination alone. It's difficult to get answer sheets of so many examinees evaluated without any human error. Also, many copies in the bulk are lost in transit," he said. . Sinha hoped the proposed system would also bring about greater transparency with its novel module. "There would be an original OMR sheet and its carbon copy for every subject. The examinee would carry the carbon copy with themselves. Later, when the BSEB displays the model answer sheet on its website, the student would be able to tally one's answers," he said. The exams conducted by the board would have 80% weightage in the final marks, he added. The BSEB has also decided to introduce semester system at Plus 2 level for the session 2012-14. . An expert committee, comprising academicians of state universities, has drafted the syllabus. Sinha said the plan is to have two semesters in the gap of five months. Class XI would have two semesters. The examination conducted at the end of each semester would comprise both objective and subjective questions. Class XII would also have two semesters at 5-month gap. "While the weightage of first semester in the final marks would be 8% that of the second one would be 12%, Weightage of 5% for attendance and another 5% for extra-curricular activities will be given. So, the examination conducted by the board would have weightage of 70%," he explained. The board exam would be of objective-type comprising 70 per cent easy questions. The BSEB is also geared up to improve the quality of its vocational courses. "An expert committee comprising professionals drafted the new syllabus for 25 trends in the 12-day workshop conducted in December last year," Sinha said. The popular courses are nursing, paramedical, engineering, polytechnic and library science, among others. Sinha said a school/college would be allowed to enrol students in a vocational course only after a review team assures that it has the required infrastructure. "At present a little over 2000 students only opt for vocational courses. We aim to increase the number to one lakh," he said. The BSEB chairman cites lack of awareness among students and refusal by certain institutions to recognize these courses as the few plausible reasons for the less number of students interested in these courses. "We are trying to remove these bottlenecks, have better faculty and link them with industry," Sinha said. The board would send all these proposals to the government for its approval.
Courtesy: Times of India
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