The Education Minister Bhupendra Singh Chudasama of Gujarat recently announced the abolishment of semester system from the class IX to XII. The semester system for these classes was introduced in the year 2011.
In a press release Chudasama said, “We have received several representations from parents, educational institutes and experts against the semester system in the 9th to 12th standard. So we have taken the decision to abolish it. Now annual exams for standard 10th and 12th will be conducted by the Gujarat State Higher Secondary Board.”
In order to help students prepare for the next year central medical examination NEET, the Gujarat government will also give away supplementary books to the students of Class 12. The books have been prepared by an expert committee to help the students pass the examination. The Health Minister of the state Nitin Patel stated that the board syllabus of class 12 will be brought on par with CBSE in order to make life easier for the state board students who will take up the national and uniform medical entrance examination NEET from the next year onwards.
Patel said, “As per the Supreme Court’s directive, NEET will be compulsory from the next year. We are preparing standard 12th Science syllabus in accordance with CBSE syllabus so that our students do not face any problem while appearing for NEET. A formal announcement about a change in the syllabus will be made soon by the education department. The Gujarat government has also sent a proposal to the Centre about allowing state students to write NEET in Gujarati.”