The Karnataka government on Friday has decided that students will only have to give two examinations for SSLC examinations, one of the Core Subjects i.e. science, maths, social sciences, and one of the languages.
The Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) Examination will probably be held in the third week of July. No one will be marked as failed, Karnataka Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said.
"Since we don’t have previous assessment models for these students, it is inevitable for us to somehow evaluate their performance and hence a most simple solution has been formulated," the minister told the media on Friday.
The minister also announced a change in the format of the SSLC examination — students will only have two examinations. The first examination will be on core subjects — Science, Mathematics and Social Sciences will be clubbed in one paper and the second examination will be on languages. These papers will be multiple-choice questions of 120 marks each — each subject will be for 40 marks. They will provide only one question paper containing all the three core subjects totaling 120 marks. This will have Maths, Science and Social Science divided into three parts. The examination would be held for a three-hour time between 10.30 and 1.30 on a designated day. A three-day gap between each examination would be provided. The minister said that model question papers will be made available to students before their examinations. Grades will be awarded as A B and C based on the marks, the minister added.
Also, the second year pre-university (PU) examinations will be canceled for the current academic year and the students will be assessed based on their first year PU marks.
The fresh dates of the SSLC exams and the timetable will be announced 20 days before the examination will be held. The students who are not able to appear for exams because of COVID-19 will be examined at a later date. Karnataka Education Minister S Suresh Kumar has announced that at the examination center, students will be provided with N95 masks and the government will ensure they followed SOPs.
The Education Minister announced they will conduct SSLC exams in 6,000 examination centers across Karnataka and the state will be liberal with requests from migrant students or hostel dwellers for change of the allotted center. Only 12 students per room would be accommodated and only one student per desk will be there. At least a six feet distance will be maintained between each student, the Minister said. The government also said it will be mandatory for all teachers involved in examination work to compulsorily get vaccinated.