states: Himachal

State adopts new system for board classes

Exams to be held after every six months

State adopts new system for board classes

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Lalit Mohan

Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, September 14

The Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBSE) has decided to change the evaluation system of board classes. The evaluation of Class III, V, VIII and IX to XII will now not be entirely on the basis of written examinations held by the board.

Chairman of the education board SK Soni, talking to The Tribune, said the change was proposed at a board meeting today on the basis of the New Education Policy.

Marks distribution pattern

Class IX to XII

  • 80 pc marks on the basis of board exam
  • 20 pc on internal school evaluation
  • Of the 20 pc, 4 pc on academic evaluation
  • 16 pc extra-curricular activities

Class III, V, VIII

  • 50 pc marks on the basis of board exam
  • 50 pc on internal school evaluation
  • Of 50 pc, 25 pc on academic evaluation
  • 25 pc extra-curricular activities

It was decided at the meeting that for Class III, V and VIII, 50 per cent marks would be given on the basis of the exams conducted by the education board and 50 per cent on the basis of internal assessment by their schools.

Of the 50 per cent, the schools would give 25 per cent marks on the basis of the comprehensive academic evaluation of students and 25 per cent on the basis of extra-curricular activities.

In the extra-curricular activities, at least 4 per cent marks would be given on the basis of performance of yoga and other sports. Students would have to submit write-ups on the local history and national personalities, he said.

For Class IX to XII, 80 per cent marks would be given on the basis of examinations conducted by the education board and 20 per cent on the evaluation by the schools.

Of the 20 per cent marks, schools would give just 4 per cent marks on the basis of comprehensive academic evaluation and 16 per cent on the basis of extra-curricular activities. Extra-curricular activities would also include community service, he said.

The board had proposed to hold examinations every six months instead of holding annual examinations.

Among other major decisions, the HPBSE decided to give approval to open-school examinations conducted by education boards of other states. The students in classes through open schools would now be eligible for government jobs in other states too, he said.

The board passed a budget of Rs 139 crore. In the last three years, the HPBSE budget had increased from Rs 70 to Rs 139 crore, the Chairman said.

The board decided to reduce the open school annual examination fee from Rs 2,480 to Rs 2,000. For correction in examinations, the fee has now been reduced from Rs 1,000 to Rs 500.

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