SSC scraps 20-mark oral exams, Class 10 students will have to take 100-mark written exam from 2018-19
Mumbai city news: A circular issued by the board has put an end to the practice of internal exams.mumbai Updated: Jul 14, 2017 09:20 IST
Starting this academic year (2017-18), SSC students in Class 9 will not be cushioned by internal exams conducted by the school — they carry 20 marks — for languages and social studies. The same will be followed for students of Class 10 from the next academic year (2018-19).
This means the students will have to write 100-mark papers for both subjects.
A circular issued by the board has put an end to the practice of internal exams.
The decision was taken after it was found schools give full marks to students in internal tests, even if they were absent for the exam.
Earlier, these subjects were divided into 80-mark written exams held by the board and 20-mark oral exams, conducted by the school.
Similarly, social studies will now include of a 40-mark written test for history and 40 for geography, while 20 marks will be for civics and economics.
The department had formed a study group consisting of experts from the state board and textbook publishing bureaus to come up with a new marking pattern.
Some of the educators welcomed the decision saying there was an urgent need to make schools accountable and transparent for internal assessments. “We came across several cases in which students had barely secured minimum passing marks in the written paper, but surprisingly scored full marks in internal exams,” said Father Francis Swamy, former board member and joint-director of the Archdiocesan Board of Education, which runs 150-odd schools in Mumbai.
But others are worried that 100-mark written exams will burden students. “All the students are not good at memorising facts, so the objective of internal exams was to test their other skills,” said Meenakshi Walke, principal, IES Secondary School, Bhandup.
Schools rely on internal marks to ensure all their students pass the board exams, helping them attain 100% results. This has driven up the pass percentage of languages such as English, Marathi, Hindi, to almost 100%, while earlier, few students passed in them.