Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 4:
As part of its ongoing reforms in higher education, the Odisha government has decided to conduct annual examinations for first year students of Plus Two from the current academic session.
Plus Two students will now have to sit for annual examinations both in the first and second year. The final results would be announced by adding the total number of marks obtained by the students in the first and second year.
While the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) has taken a final decision in this regard, the approval of the Examination Committee and Syllabus Committee is expected very soon.
As per the decision, Plus Two students, in the first year, will appear in the annual examinations, which will have objective, multiple choice questions. The students will write their answers on an OMR sheet.
In the second year, there will be both an objective, multiple choice test and a subjective test.
However, the total number of marks for the examinations in these two years is yet to be decided.
According to Bijay Chandra Rath, member of the Fact Finding Committee, the Committee had proposed to the Higher Education department conduct of annual examinations of Plus Two first year comprising 100 marks and the final year examinations as per the existing pattern.
“Apart from this, the Committee has also proposed introduction of semester and internal tests in the Plus Two streams and introduction of CBSE pattern of syllabus in place of the existing syllabus,” he added.
CHSE chairman Prof Basudev Chhatoi said the Council is all set to conduct examinations for the first year of the Plus Two course from the current academic session. The Council will have a final round of meeting with the Examination Committee and Syllabus Committee in this regard very soon, he said.
“As per the decision taken by the CHSE, the annual examination in the first year should be of 50 marks. The duration of the examination should be one hour. We have expressed our inability to conduct the examinations of three-hour duration for 100 marks as it would be difficult for us to manage the examinations,” Chhatoi said.
He said the decision to conduct annual examinations in Plus Two first year would make the students more serious about their studies.
It may be mentioned that the Higher Education department had formed a fact-finding committee to suggest reforms in the higher education in view of the poor performance of the Odisha students in all India entrance tests and annual Plus Two examinations.
In its report, the committee, led by Prof Amulya Panda, had attributed the poor performance in the annual Plus Two examinations to the fact that there is no examinations in the first year.
The Committee said the performance of the results would be better if annual examinations are conducted in the first year.
Acting on the suggestions of the Committee, the Higher Education department had later asked the CHSE to implement the report of the Committee.