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Karnataka cancels II PUC exams, SSLC exams likely in July

This makes Karnataka the only state to go forward with the decision to hold state board examinations for Class 10 (SSLC) students despite the CBSE and the CISCE cancelling the same due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation across the country.

Written by Darshan Devaiah BP | Bengaluru |
Updated: June 12, 2021 11:59:15 am
Karnataka SSLC, 2nd puc exam date, ii puc exam newsKarnataka Education Minister Suresh Kumar announcing II PUC exam cancellation at a press conference. (Photo: State Education Department)

The Karnataka government Friday decided to cancel the II PUC exam, while giving a go-ahead for the Class 10 or SSLC  exams with only multiple-choice type questions (MCQs).

This makes Karnataka the only state to go forward with the decision to hold state board examinations for Class 10 (SSLC) students despite the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) cancelling the same due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation across the country.

“Regarding PUC Class 12, students will be promoted with grades. When the situation is under control, exam options for those seeking grade improvement will be conducted,”  Education Minister Suresh Kumar told reporters in Bengaluru.

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Meanwhile, SSLC exams will be held for two days. The first papers — Science, Maths and Social Science — will be clubbed in one paper and the second paper will be of languages. The examination is likely to be scheduled in the third week of July. No student will be marked failed in the exam, informed Suresh Kumar, adding that complete guidelines for the examination will be out in a few hours.

According to a statement issued by the education minister, the government has decided to declare II PUC results of those students who got admitted into II PUC as freshers on the basis of their I PUC marks.

While informing that the department will release the guidelines in the coming days, Sureshkumar said if a student is not satisfied with the result, he/she can appear for the exam which will be conducted after the covid pandemic is contained. He added that students, who enrolled themselves as private and repeaters, can appear for the exam, which will be conducted in the coming days. Results of repeaters and private candidates cannot be declared due to a lack of proper record, the minister said.

On conducting the SSLC-10th examination, the minister said, “Conducting examinations in the usual elaborative manner during the pandemic poses a lot of risk for the student community. Their lives are most precious for us and their health assumes paramount importance.” “However, 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,” he said.

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“This year, SSLC examination will be held and the question paper will contain only multiple-choice questions. Answer papers will have optical mark readers (OMR). Each subject will be for a maximum of 40 marks. Only one question paper containing all the three core subjects totaling 120 marks will be provided,” he added.

The first paper will have Maths, Science and Social Science divided into three parts. The examination would be held for a three hours from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm on a designated day. A three-day gap between each examination would be provided by the department.

“Similarly, for the language examinations, three subjects of I, II and III languages will be the parts of a question paper that totals to 120 marks. Each subject will be of 40 marks. The examination pattern will be similar for all kinds of students,” the minister explained.

According to the minister, there won’t be supplementary exams this year. The dates of the examination will be announced twenty days before its commencement. “Grades will be awarded as A, B and C based on the marks. We will publish a model question paper on our website shortly,” the minister informed.

“Only 12 students would be accommodated in a room with only a single student occupying a desk. A minimum of six-feet distance will be maintained between each student. We will allow centre changes for hostel/migrant students in the most liberal manner,” Kumar said.

The education department has said that they will adhere to the SOP and constant guidance from the health department in conducting these exams. The fresh dates of the SSLC exams and the timetable will be announced 20 days before the examination, said Kumar, adding that students unable to appear for exams due to COVID-19 and in other states will be examined on a later date.

Over 8.75 lakh students will take the SSLC exams in over 6000 centres across the state and the number of exam centres has been doubled from last year to ensure social distancing. Only vaccinated teachers will be invigilators for the examination.

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