Alternative methods of assessment for Odisha board Matric exams

BHUBANESWAR: The Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha, has approved the alternative methods of assessment for awarding marks of all class X equivalent examinations conducted by it for this year. The annual high school certificate (HSC)/Madhyama/state open school certificate examinations which were scheduled to be held on May 3 were cancelled due to rising cases of Covid-19 infections in the state.

The BSE was directed to come up with an alternative method of assessment to award marks to the candidates. After discussing with various stakeholders, the Board has published this assessment method. “In case any candidate is not satisfied, he/she can appear in the examination to be conducted offline by the Board after the pandemic situation improves,” said the BSE communication.

The regular candidates of the annual HSC examination, 2021, have done offline classes in Class-IX at their schools and have appeared half yearly examinations in class-IX during 2019 and could not appear in all papers in class-IX annual examination due to Covid-19.


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These class-IX students have attended offline classes in class-X from January this year. The BSE has conducted practice tests during January, February, March and April this year for these students. It has framed methods of assessment based on the teaching activities undertaken and tests conducted at school level.

According to the method, the subject wise highest marks secured by the candidates among class-IX examinations (both half yearly and yearly) and in the practice examinations (second, third and fourth) of class-X. Board will consider the two highest marks in each subject from the three practice tests conducted in Class-X.

School wise merit list will be prepared after giving appropriate weightage to marks secured and uploaded in the examinations. The Board sources said 40 per cent weightage will be given to the highest marks secured in Class-IX examinations in each subject. In case a candidate has not appeared in any of the practice tests of Class-X examination, 100 per cent weightage will be given to the mark secured in Class-IX examination and subject wise highest marks will be taken into consideration.

It stated that two highest marks in all subjects out of three practice tests conducted in Class-X will be given weightage of 30 per cent each. In case any candidate has appeared in only one practice test, then 70 per cent weightage will be given in the mark secured in Class-IX examinations (half yearly and annual).

A total of 2766 schools have been selected as mentor schools and nearby schools have been attached with it. Headmaster of mentor school will upload the marks of individual schools attached to it with the support headmaster/ school teachers of attached schools. The process for the annual HSC examination will start from May 15 and end by June 2. Headmasters of mentor schools will upload the marks by May 31. For the Madhyama Examination, the tentative date for publication of results of all examinations June 30, official sources said.

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