With the Covid-19 cases receding across the country, education institutions too are gearing back to the normal state. This comes as the Jharkhand Academic Council is set to conduct board exams for classes 10 and 12 in May this year.
However, the final decision “to hold the state board examinations will be taken in a JAC meeting” slated to be held today.
“We are now planning to hold the examinations in May,” said an official.
The board exams were earlier set to be held on March 9, but was later cancelled following the order by the education department. The decision of the department came after scores of parents had opposed the idea of conducting exams, citing Covid-19 pandemic situation and incomplete syllabus.
The question paper format for this year too will be modified with 40 per cent of reserved for objective based questions. The results of the exam will be declared in July.
Earlier the Central Board Secondary Education had released the datasheet for the board examinations for classes 10 and 12.
Union minister for education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced the decision via video message and wished students for the exams. The exams are scheduled to take place from May 4 and end by June 10. Schools will conduct practical exams from March 1.
In what may seem a big relief for the students, the minister added that if a student fails in any of the three elective subjects such as Science, Mathematics and Social Science, the failed subject will be replaced by the “Skill Subject”.
Due to the pandemic, the syllabus for both classes 10 and 12 were reduced by 30 per cent. Further, board exams will have 33 per cent internal choice questions.
As per the new rule, the 20 percent allotted to skill-based subjects went up to 30 percent.
The examination will be conducted following Covid-19 protocols, like wearing mask, carrying hand sanitiser and maintaining social distancing.