There is good news for students of Uttar Pradesh government schools. UP Board has decided to away with board exams for Class V and Class VIII and introduce the semester system from the next academic session.
Presently U.P.Board affiliated schools have Board examinations for class V and Class VIII.
“We have been relieved of the board exam phobia,” said Pinki Shah, a student of Government School, Sector 12.
“Evaluation through semester system will encourage us to study throughout the year. Presently we concentrate on studies only one month prior to exams.”
However, not all students were happy with the semester system. “This will kill our play time as parents will force us to study through the year,”said Mohammad Akhtar, another student of Government School.
“Under the new pattern, students will have four exams in a year,” said Basic Education Officer, Dr.Dharamvir Singh. “The first semester exam will be held in December and final semester exam in May. In between, two pre semester exams will be held in September and February.”
“Pre-semester exams per subject will be of 10 marks each, first semester of 30 marks and final semester of 50 marks. There will be little pressure on students for final examinations as all marks will be added for the annual evaluation,”said Singh.
What's more, said Singh, the exams will not just include written tests.
“Tests will be written and oral. For class I, the break-up will be 80 percent marks for oral test and 20 percent for written test. As the class increases, percentage of oral marks will decreases and for written, increase.”
“Evaluation for these exams will be done at school level. Schools will organize the exams on their own and UP Board will not interfere in it,” said Singh.