For Class 10 students appearing for the Senior Secondary Certificate (SSC) exams from March 1, scoring in the maths and science paper is likely to be easier compared to last year.
The new pattern for the maths and science papers includes objective questions, application-based questions and questions for short answers instead of long ones. Moreover, 40% of the marks for science practicals will be allotted through internal marks given by the school.
In Mumbai division alone, 3.56 lakh students will take the SSC exam this year.
“There has been so much confusion about the assessment and the new paper pattern. Students should relax as the new pattern is more student-friendly,” said Jude Fernandes, principal, St Stanislaus School, Bandra.
Last December, Stanislaus School organised a meeting with state education board officials and school principals to guide them through the syllabus change.
While the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) announced the changes last June, the 2012 batch of students would be the first to take the exam.
“There are 60 questions in the science journal and the internal questions will be based on those questions. Students have attempted the questions in unit tests and the same questions will be repeated for the board exams,” said EP Babu, science teacher at Holy Family School.
“This year, no external examiner will be setting the practical paper or evaluating it, which is another advantage for the students,” added Babu.
Counsellors said that they haven’t received too many calls regarding the syllabus change. “I do receive calls from students on the new syllabus, but they are not many when compared to details of their exam centre, hall ticket and a few other things,” said Shaillaja Mule, a counsellor and member of the Board of Studies, MSBSHSE.
“I found the old pattern too lengthy to finish in the given time. But with objective type questions, I am confident of scoring a good percentage this year,” said Sharon Maria, a student of Our Lady of Remedy High School, Poisar.