The Uttar Pradesh education board has done away with combined testing of class 11 and class 12 syllabus in board examinations from the upcoming academic session. Students welcomed the decision and said that the move will help them score higher marks, on par with those studying in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools.
Earlier, students preparing for the class 12 board examinations had to prepare the syllabus of class 11 and class 12. Now, the UP board has followed in the footsteps of CBSE and streamlined the testing process.
The syllabus has been bifurcated and the exams will be held separately. For the board exams, students will have to prepare only syllabus of class 12.
“Class 12 students will have to study fewer chapters for their board examinations. Under the existing system, there was a single syllabus for class 11 and class 12. The board examination papers were set according to the combined syllabus. Now, the syllabus for class 11 and class 12 has been bifurcated,” PK Upadhyay, district inspector of schools, Gautam Budh Nagar, said on Friday.
“Suppose there were 20 chapters in a subject under the single syllabus system, ten chapters have been bifurcated in class 11 and ten in class 12. For board examination, students will have to study only 10 chapters of the class 12 syllabus,” Upadhyay said.
“Beside hardship to students, who had to study syllabus of both classes, students were not getting marks on par with their CBSE peers. Earlier, the UP board had relaxed evaluation norms to match the CBSE norms and evaluators were directed to give proportionate marks for even part right answers,” Upadhyay said.
NP Singh, the district magistrate, had directed the education department to improve the quality of education in government schools. He has been personally visiting schools and inspecting the quality of teaching.
Students welcomed the decision with open arms. “Now I will have to study fewer chapters for the board examinations. I expect to get 10% to 20% more marks under the new testing system,” Harish Awana, class 12 student from government inter college in Noida, said.