Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) have decided to hold a state-wide competition for Gujarati speaking students which would be in tandem to the Science and Math Olympiads. This competition is scheduled to create awareness about the language among its new generation and to attract children towards the subject for better results in their school examinations. Last year, from the 9 lakh students that have taken up the state board examinations, 1.67 lakh students failed in the subject and thus the Olympiad is aimed at restoring some interest back to the students in the language.
The Chairman of the GSHSEB, R R Varsani said that they are planning to attach Vaanche Gujarat initiative to the programme to encourage students to take interest in literature and then participate in the competition. The competition would be held mostly at school level with gradual progression to state-levels when the finals would be organized. The decision about such an Olympiad came after a meeting of the education committee of the board.
The meeting of the board also decided about the pattern of the examinations in the board exams as well. Presently there are 50% multiple-choice questions and 50% descriptive questions that are asked to the students in the paper. The plan is to change this model to make it more effective for students. Varsani clarified that there is no change in the question model possible for the 2015 exams, but they would give it a thought for the next academic sessions.
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