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Grades to replace marks in BSE exams from this year


Reported by Chinmaya Dehury/Edited  by Swetaparna Mohanty

Bhubaneswar, Oct 29:

School and Mass Education Minister Rabinarayan Nanda today confirmed that the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) has decided to introduce the gradation system replacing marks in Class X board examination from the current academic year 2013-14.

The department has taken the decision after several deliberations with educationists, politicians and journalists.

After introduction of the gradation system, students will be evaluated on nine point grades like A1 (91-100), A2 (81-90), B1 (71-80), B2 (61-70), C1 (51-60), C2 (41-50), D (33-44), E (21-32) and F ()-20), which aim at reducing stress among students on account of cut-throat competition. However, the marks secured by students will be mentioned in mark sheets to facilitate admission in colleges.

The department has also planned to include more objective or multiple choice questions for better evaluation of answer sheets.

As part of the reforms in question pattern, the board has decided to increase multiple choice questions to 50 marks while keeping the rest for subjective or long questions.

Besides, the examination system has fixed accountability on the evaluators.

“Students will get a chance to appeal for re-evaluation of answer sheets. A student has to apply for it within seven days of publication of results by paying Rs 700. If a student secures six marks more than what was originally awarded after re-evaluation, action will be taken against evaluators and Rs 700 will be collected from them,” said an official of the department.

The Minister also informed that the government is trying to ensure, to the extent possible, that students are able to appear in the examinations in their own schools. Besides, about 50% of teachers assigned examination duties will be from the same school, the official said.

The government has decided to install CCTV cameras in schools prone to malpractice.