West Bengal Higher Secondary Education Council

Bengal higher secondary council to upload semester-wise syllabi to be taught in Classes XI and XII

Subhankar Chowdhury
Subhankar Chowdhury
Posted on 08 Mar 2024
06:43 AM
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Council will also upload question pattern that will be followed in semesters so students can familiarise themselves

The Bengal higher secondary council will upload next week the semester-wise syllabi that will be taught in Classes XI and XII so students get an idea about the new format and prepare accordingly.

The council will also upload the question pattern that will be followed in the semesters so students can familiarise themselves.

The council announced on Wednesday that Bengal’s Plus-II course would be split into four semesters from the academic session starting this year following approval from the education department.


“In December, the council constituted sub-committees to overhaul the syllabi of 47 subjects. The syllabi is ready. We are doing some last-minute checking now. The syllabi for all the subjects would be
uploaded on the council’s website following a press conference,” council secretary Priyadarshini Mallick said on Thursday.

“We have to give students an idea of what they are going to study. Since books on the new syllabi are not available, the details have to be uploaded to prepare the students.”

She said the council would upload the question pattern that would be a combination of multiple choice questions (MCQs), short-answer type and broad descriptive-type questions.

“It may not be immediately possible to upload questions in all the subjects. But most of the subjects would be covered. If students are not acquainted with the format, they will struggle,” Mallick said.

“MCQs would be set for the first and third semesters, which would be held in November 2024 and November 2025. Short-answer type and broad descriptive questions would be set for the second and fourth semesters, which would be held in March 2025 and March 2026,” said council president Chiranjeeb Bhattacharya.

The introduction of MCQs can help prepare students for higher-level entrance exams, said a council official.

The council will hold workshops for teachers across the state to train them in how to teach the students.

“We will have a PowerPoint presentation in the workshop. The teachers need to have a complete idea about the syllabus to be covered in each semester. They would also be made aware of the marks distribution for the specific question types. In some workshops, we have plans to invite subject experts,” said the official.

The practical exams for science-based subjects would be held once a year in Class XI and XII. “Projects for non-science subjects would be held once a year, too. We will notify students about the schedule,” Mallick said.

A council official said the teachers would have to be trained in how the marks have to be uploaded on the portal twice in a session after each semester exam.

The students will be assessed based on their performance in all the semesters, two each in Classes XI and XII.

Saugata Basu, secretary of the government school teachers’ association, said: “As teachers, we are clueless about the new format. The council must come up with a notification at the earliest on how they will organise the four semesters.”

Last updated on 08 Mar 2024
06:44 AM
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