Punjab education minister Sikander Singh Maluka on Thursday scrapped the semester system introduced three years ago in Classes 9 to 12 in schools affiliated to the Punjab School Education Board. The minister took the decision in a meeting with school board officials at their SAS Nagar office.
Maluka said the semester system had been scrapped on the basis of feedback from educationists across the state and district education officers. “This was also a long-pending demand of many schools. We have observed that students were not performing well due to the semester system. We are also working out the modalities for phasing out the semester system in open schools and reappear cases,” he said.
The semester system was initially introduced for Classes 9 and 11 in 2009 and extended to Classes 10 and 12 a year later. Former PSEB chairman Dr Dalbir Singh Dhillon had introduced this system after consulting educationists, principals, heads of district education departments and other stakeholders.
Now the board will hold the final exams for Classes 10 and 12 in March–April, while schools will conduct their internal exams as usual.
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