The SSC students of the state will again take the science exam in two parts from this academic year onwards as the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBS-HSE) has decided to revert to the previous pattern and split the paper for the board exam to be held in March 2016.
Until two years ago the students used to take the paper in two parts each carrying 40 marks but the pattern was changed later. Soon after the science paper was combined both the teachers and students voiced their unhappiness and demanded a return to the previous system due to the vast syllabus. Gangadhar Mhamane, MSBSHSE chairperson stated that “After evaluating requests and proposals, we decided that from the March 2016 SSC exam, science paper I and II will be conducted on different days. Technicalities are being worked out and we will issue the exam timetable.”
The split will ensure that the candidates wont be overburdened and can perform better.
This decision was welcomed by both the teachers and the students alike. Vilas Parab a teacher at Balmohan Vidyamandir, Dadar said that. “The board changed it to reduce the number of papers but it was adding to pressure on students as the syllabus was vast. This will ensure students can write both papers well and increase chances of scoring better marks.” The students will now be appearing for the mathematics and social sciences papers in two segregated parts.
The HSC students have raised similar demands. The students appeared two papers each for physics, chemistry and biology but now they want to appear only for one paper per subject. Anil Deshmihk the general secretary of Mumbai Junior College Teachers Union said that the education minister has consented to the demand but the demand hasn’t yet been met. The Union Board officials have claimed that a decision hasn’t yet been taken regarding the HSC.
The change in the patterns has lead to the delay in the announcement of the HSC and SSC board timetables. Anil Bornare the chairman of the Shikshak Parishad Mumbai claims that “It is over a month since the academic year began but the announcement has not been made. Schools need to plan their academic year around the timetable.” The board claims that the timetable will be announced after the beginning of the supplementary SSC exams on the 21st of July.
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