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Teachers want open-book tests at home to mark HS candidates

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School teachers want an open-book assessment, albeit at home, before a final grade card is prepared for the Class XII candidates of the Higher Secondary examinations, especially since the students have not appeared for a pen-and-paper or online test since March 2020.
But going by the plan so far, after announcing the cancellation of the board exams of classes X and XII, West Bengal Council for Higher Secondary Education will mark the Class XII candidates based on their Class XI annual exams, which was left half-way when the pandemic broke out last year. Their annual practical exams were held in March. “Neither the council nor the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education has any data of marks obtained by HS or Madhyamik candidates from any internal evaluation, except the 10 marks for each of the seven compulsory Madhyamik subjects and 30 marks for the lab-based and 20 marks for non lab-based subjects in HS. But it’s not tenable that students be marked on their performance in an exam held for another level with a different syllabus,” said general secretary of West Bengal Government School Teachers’ Association Saugata Basu.
Basu said without a home assignment, class X and XII candidates would not be graded rationally. “In 2020, the deluge of marks had created a problem for college admission. A large of number of students scored over 90% but could not get a seat in their desired college,” said a college principal.

Among the proposals on evaluation, the six-member expert committee had suggested home assignment or an open-book exam, the answer scripts for which could be posted to schools. For Class XII, the committee had proposed to draft integrated question paper or a set of smaller papers to be sent to students’ homes. But the council said it would not be possible to send the papers to 12.5 lakh students’ homes.

“In case of Madhyamik, the board is going to prepare mark sheets on the scores of their last summative test, which was their Class IX annual exams. Though chief minister Mamata Banerjee instructed to award 70% weightage to the students’ performance in Class X, how can it be done? They attended classes only in February and March, when no test was held,” said a teacher. “No selection test was held. The only assessment available are practical and project marks for classes X and XII.”

Source: Times of India

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