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Board plans exam rejig
- Semester system proposal for Class X and Plus Two students

Bihar School Examination Board wants to introduce semester system at the matriculation-(Class X) and Intermediate (Class XII)-level.

An expert committee constituted by the board has submitted a proposal to suggest the introduction of the semester system in Class IX and X at the matriculation-level and Class XI and XII for the Intermediate students.

Lalan Jha, the secretary of Bihar School Examination Board, said under the semester system, schools will conduct half-yearly examinations in classes IX-X and classes XI-XII. (See graphics) Of the 30 per cent weightage on the school-conducted examinations, emphasis will also be given on project work and attendance of students.

Jha said: The expert committee has submitted the report but it will be implemented only after the state government gives its consent as it concerns the future of lakhs of students.

The boards secretary said that the idea behind introducing semester system and opting for objective questions in matriculation- and Intermediate-level examinations (conducted by the board) was to acquaint students with each topic and subject.

In various competitive examinations generally objective questions are asked. We have come to know from students that they find it difficult to answer the objective when they appear in competitive examinations, said Jha.

The official said once the state government gives its consent, the board would constitute a committee of teachers who would work on the modalities such as preparing a question bank for the benefit of students. He said: Introducing a semester system is a long and tedious work. We have to prepare a question bank, train teachers, prepare the syllabus and others.

Rajesh Gupta, a Class XI student of Patna High School, said: If the board decides to go for the semester system, students would be benefited. They will be acquainted with the pattern as many universities are planning to adopt the semester system at the undergraduate-level.

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