An ambitious plan by the Maharashtra state board — to prepare a question bank for Std XI and XII students to help them prepare for various entrance tests — doesn’t seem to have worked out quite as planned.
Two months after the board sent out an appeal to teachers from across the state, urging them to prepare and send questions for a question bank for PCMB (Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Biology) students, the response has been dismal, said sources. The board has now been forced to issue a second call for entries.
In its appeal to teachers in August, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) had stated that it was setting up an online portal, specifically designed to help Std XI and XII PCMB students prepare for entrance exams. The board had asked teachers across the state to prepare multiple-choice questions for the students, for entrance exams to courses such as NEET, MhCET, IIT JEE and others.
Shakuntala Kale, chairperson of MSBSHSE, admitted that the response wasn’t satisfactory, but said it was only ‘in certain subjects’. “Most of the responses are from teachers in urban areas, maybe because we asked for responses on an online portal, and Internet connectivity or access to technology might be a problem in rural parts,” she said.
“While we have received responses for some subjects, ideally, we want more responses since we hope to put together a comprehensive question bank. But we have received only a few responses for subjects like Mathematics. We tried to analyse the reasons behind this… it could be because some of the mathematical calculation signs or formulas could not be uploaded online. So, we have decided to allow the Maths teachers to come to divisional board offices and submit their questions in writing,” added Kale.
In the latest appeal by the board, issued a few days ago, teachers have been asked to send their responses by December 31.
Meanwhile, subject teachers or experts, who want to send their inputs for the question bank, can prepare multiple choice questions and upload it at http:/neetqb.mah-hsc.ac.in.
The questions must be from the Class XI/XII syllabus from PCMB subjects and the sender must specify the class, subject, section, sub-section and explanation of the answer. After review from subject experts at MSBSHSE, the questions may be uploaded in the online question bank.