karnataka board exam 2021 news: No II PUC exams in Karnataka; Two-day SSLC exams to be conducted in MCQ format

BENGALURU: The Karnataka government announced that the II PUC examinations will not be held this year. However, the SSLC examination will be conducted in a Multiple-Choice Questions format in July.

The Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, S Suresh Kumar made the announcement during a press conference on Friday morning. While lakhs of students anxiously waiting for the decision on II PUC were relived, the announcement about SSLC exams has led to disappointment. He however assured that no student – in II PUC or SSLC – will be failed and everyone will be promoted.

In the press conference, Suresh Kumar said that after a lot of discussions and brainstorming with experts, officials, and educationists, the government had decided on the two crucial examinations. He said suggestions from students and parents were also taken. He said the government even got in touch with other state governments who had cancelled the board examinations to understand how they planned on evaluating the students without exams.


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He said that II PUC exams were cancelled, and students would be graded based on their performance in their I PUC exams, which were held in February 2020. “The I PUC exams were held on a district level. Based on their performance in that exam, students will be graded,” he said adding that if any student is dissatisfied by the grades, the department is considering holding exams for them after the Covid situation comes under control.

Private candidates and repeaters are also required to appear for the exams held at that time. It will be considered as the first attempt for everyone, he clarified.

He said the results will be announced by July-end. The department will issue the gradation guidelines shortly. the department clarified that there will be no ranking and grades like A, B, B+ will be awarded to students as their previous marks will help to decide the range, but not an exact percentage of marks.

However, the government’s decision to hold examinations for the SSLC students was met with disappointment as the third wave of Covid is feared to affect children and youngsters.

As per Kumar’s announcement, the SSLC examination will be held in an MCQ format. Students will have to appear for two examinations on two different days with a gap of three-four days. The first exam will be held for core subjects like Science, Mathematics and Social Science. Each subject will be 40 marks and the total will be 120 marks. The three hours long paper will have questions that are simple and straightforward, assured the minister. The second paper will be on languages.

He said the examination centres will be doubled from 3,000 to 6,000 and one students will be seated on one desk. He said only vaccinated teachers will be assigned invigilation duties for the examinations.

“We are not holding the exams to fail anyone. The exam for SSLC is being held because we do not have objective parameters to assess them as we have for II PUC students. All students – appearing for II PUC and SSLC examination, will be promoted,” Kumar assured adding that the examination will help students decide on their future course of choosing between arts, commerce, or science stream.

He said the education department has consulted the health department before making the announcement. Students who will be unable to appear for the examinations due to Covid will be given another chance to write the exam and they will be considered as freshers.

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