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Govt mulls grade system in HSC exams

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OST Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 3:
The Odisha government is considering a proposal to introduce a grading system for High School Certificate (HSC) examination in the state on the lines of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
This was among a host of proposals discussed at a symposium on reforms in the examination and evaluation pattern of Board of Secondary Education (BSE) held in the city here on Thursday.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting, School and Mass Education minister Rabi Narayan Nanda said students would be graded A 1, A 2 & A 3 as per CBSE guidelines. Fifty percent multiple choice questions and introduction of Optical Mark Recognition/Reading (OMR) answer sheets for easier and faster and accurate evaluation were among the other proposals discussed at the symposium, he said.
School and Mass Education secretary Usha Padhee said students have to be thorough in their subjects to answer multiple choice questions.

Besides, the meeting also proposed to facilitate students to appear in the HSC examinations at their respective schools. However, they will appear at nearby schools within a distance of five km if their school lacks proper infrastructure to conduct the examinations.

This apart, a proposal for installation of CCTV cameras at each evaluation centre and provision to penalise teachers for faulty evaluation were also deliberated upon at the brainstorming today.

“We would seek opinions and responses about these proposals in the state before their implementation from the next academic session”, the minister said, adding that a committee had been formed to look into the proposals.

BSE secretary Satyakam Mishra informed that a proposal to allow the students, who have failed in one subject, to appear in the supplementary examinations was also discussed at the meeting.

Issues relating to theft and leakage of question papers, faulty evaluation of examination papers, issuance of certificates and inordinate delay in re-evaluation of papers also came up for discussion.
Among others, President of BSE Dakshya Prasad Nanda, senior and former BSE officials, educationists and senior journalists were present at the meeting.