In a bid to bring in transparency in the assessments of the scholarship examination conducted by the Maharashtra State Council of Examination for Classes 4 and 7 students, the state has brought in three major changes.
A Government Resolution issued on Friday, said the scholarship examination date has been changed from the third Sunday in February to the last Sunday in March.
Moreover, the 20-mark subjective questions in the first language paper will be replaced by 10 objective questions of two marks each and the assessment of the papers will now be computerised, the Government Resolution added.
The papers were earlier assessed manually.
The Class 4 and Class 7 scholarship exam has three papers of 100 marks each to test the mathematics, language, general science and intelligence test quotient of children from government-recognised schools.
“We brought about these changes to bring transparency in the assessment,” said an official from the education department. “The objective questions will bring equal opportunity for all students to score.”
The official added that the exam date was changed because it would often clash with the Class 10 and Class 12 exams.
“The new objective format and computerised assessment will help students though they will take time to adjust to them,” said Achama Mathew, chief executive officer, Bombay Cambridge Gurukul.
“My only concern is the new exam date will be close to the school exams and some students may find it difficult to prepare for the scholarship.”
Last year, around 12 lakh Class 4 students and around 8 lakh Class 7 students appeared for the scholarship exam.
Of these 16,883 Class 4 students and 16,928 Class 7 students secured this scholarship.
The meritorious students in Class 4 secure a scholarship of Rs 100 per month for the next three years, while the Class 7 students get a scholarship of Rs 150 per month for the same period.