The Punjab’s State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) has announced the schedule for pre-board examination for all state’s government schools. The exams for classes 1 to 12 will begin from February 8.
As per orders, this year, not just board classes (5,8,10 and 12) but all classes from 1 to 12 have to take the pre-board examinations. Sources in the Education Department said that a decision has been taken to ‘prepare’ students for final exams as regular classes could not be held this year due to Covid.
“To ensure students of all classes undergo proper revision, this year pre-board exams will be held for all classes not just board classes. These will be preparatory exams before the finals,” a spokesperson of the Education Department said.
As per the orders issued by the director of SCERT, pre-board exams for class 1 to 8 will be held offline and online both. Students are allowed to choose which medium they want to appear for.
Examination for classes 1 to 5 will be held from the entire syllabus, classes 6 to 12 will get questions from ‘reduced syllabus’.
Question papers will be set according to the new pattern introduced by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), the orders said. For classes 1 to 8, multiple-choice questions and long answer questions will be given.
For the online exams, the head office will send links of question papers to district education officers (DEOs) across the state a day before the scheduled exam. Thereafter, it will be forwarded to school heads/principals on the day of the exam only.
For classes 9 to 12, exams will be held in offline mode only.
School heads/principals will prepare the schedule for the pre-board examination of vocational stream students at their own level, the order stated.
Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) marks will be also added on the basis of these pre-board exams only.
Sources said that pre-bard exams are being taken for all classes this year so that in case final exams are not held in March due to Covid, the final result can be prepared on the basis of marks scored in these February exams.
Source: The Indian Express
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