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Seba mulls CBSE module for Assam

Jorhat, April 21: The Board of Secondary Education, Assam, which conducts Class X board examinations in the state, is pushing to include 30 per cent of the half-yearly marks scored by candidates in the High School Leaving Certificate and High Madrassa exams.

The Board will send the proposal, which is part of its ongoing reforms, to Dispur after the Lok Sabha polls end on April 24.

Sources said Seba proposes to base the final result in 2015 on 50 per cent of the marks scored by the candidates in the five core subjects of the final HSLC examination, 20 per cent from project work and practical tests and 30 per cent from the half-yearly examination to be held in June this year. The five core subjects are: English, general maths, general science, social science and major Indian languages (MIL).

The marks scored in the elective subject (sixth paper, which is selected by the candidates from a list of optional subjects) will also be added.

In 2016, the sources said, Seba proposes to pattern the HSLC examination on the CBSE model, including marks of continuous comprehensive evaluation (CCE) tests held across the year in the final HSLC results.

According to the proposal, in 2016 the final results of HSLC and High Madrassa exams would be based on 30 per cent of the marks scored by the candidates in the final exams, 30 per cent from half-yearly exams and 40 per cent from four formative assessment tests to be conducted throughout the year (10 per cent from each such test).

Under the present HSLC system, under which examinations were conducted this year, the results of the candidates are based on the marks scored in the final HSLC exam only.

Seba secretary Abir Hazarika told The Telegraph from Guwahati that the proposal to make a change in the evaluation system of HSLC and High Madrassa exams was a step towards adopting the CBSE model.

“In the last few years, Seba has been adapting books brought out by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) for secondary education as part of the transition from the present syllabi towards that followed in CBSE schools,” he added.

He said the NCERT books were tailormade for CBSE model and the present evaluation method had to be changed accordingly.

Hazarika said the board had discussed the changes proposed in the evaluation system in a meeting in Guwahati on Saturday. The meeting came up with a new proposal to move towards the CBSE model. It was attended by Seba officials, educationists, including Mukul Sarmah, inspector of schools of each district, including Kamal Jyoti Gogoi of Guwahati (metro), and secretaries of the district academic councils.

He said the proposal would be submitted to the government soon for its approval after which the Seba would issue a notification.

Hazarika said whether the results of both the Class X exams in 2015 would be converted to grading system and the system of selecting position holders statewise done away with, would be decided by Seba after consulting stake-holders like the All Assam Students’ Union.