The Board of Secondary Education, Assam, which conducts Class X board examinations in the state, is to pitch the changes in the evaluation system of HSLC and High Madrassa Examination by inclusion of 30% marks attained in the half-yearly examinations by the students into the High School Leaving Certificate as well as High Madrassa examinations. This proposal, which is also a part of the current reforms, will be send by the board to Dispur, soon after the Lok Sabha Polls concludes there on April 24.
According to sources, the SEBA is to put forward the concept of basing the student’s final result in 2015 on 50 % of the marks scored by the candidates in the five core subjects of the final HSLC examination, whereas 20% will be added from their performance in project work and practical tests and lastly the remaining 30% would be coming from the half-yearly examination which are to be conducted in June 2014.
The core subjects are: English, general maths, general science, social science and major Indian languages (MIL). In addition, the marks scored in the elective subject (sixth paper, which is selected by the candidates from a list of optional subjects) will also be considered.
The other proposal SEBA is to make is that from 2016, the pattern of the HSLC examination be on the model of CBSE, the major change may be the inclusion of marks of continuous comprehensive evaluation (CCE) tests in the final HSLC results. This means the CCE shall be held throughout the year.
Furthermore, SEBA proposed that 2016 onward the final results of HSLC and High Madrassa exams to be framed on the basis of 30% of the marks scored by the candidates in the final exams, another 30% from half-yearly exams and remaining 40% from four formative assessment tests which may be conducted across the year (10 per cent from each such test).
The results of the candidates in the current HSLC system, is framed based on the marks scored by students in the final HSLC examination only.
SEBA secretary Abir Hazarika spoke that the proposal’s main objective is to bring changes in the evaluation system of HSLC and High Madrassa examinations to make it similar to the CBSE model. He added that the NCERT textbooks were custom-made especially for CBSE model and with this the ongoing evaluation criteria is also to be changed accordingly.
Hazarika informed that the board had already discussed the new proposals to bring modifications in the evaluation system in a meeting that held in Guwahati. The meeting had seen presence of 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.
Now only the proposal is left to be submitted to the government to get the approval for its implementation. Upon this, SEBA would issue a notification for all.
SEBA will decide if the class X results in 2015 for both HSLC and High School Madrassa exams will be converted to grading system or if the state wise position holders selection system will cease to happen, only after talking out with the stake-holders such as the All Assam Students’ Union etc, as told by Hazarika.