Unlike CBSE, JKBOSE gives relaxation of 30 pc in attempting question paper

JAMMU, Aug 16: In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education shall give to the students from class 9th to 12th a relaxation of 30 percent in the prescribed syllabus as the School Education Department has accorded administrative approval to the proposal in this regard by the Academic Committee of JKBOSE.
As per the administrative approval order, No: EDU/NC-SE/25/2020, the students shall require to attempt 70 percent of the question paper only, which shall be treated equivalent to 100 percent without corresponding curtailment in the time duration of 3 hours.
Unlike CBSE, which has reduced the curriculum by deleting 30 percent of the total content in each subject from class 9th to 12th, the JK BOSE shall not reduce the syllabus but give choice based relaxation to the students of class 10, 11th and 12th, who shall have to attempt 70 percent of the question paper only, which shall be treated as 100 percent.
The students attempting less than 70 percent Question Paper shall be awarded marks against the bench mark of 70 percent equivalent to 100 percent score on proportionate basis.
A detailed notification in this regard is likely to be issued by Tuesday by the Board as specific guidelines for the students, supervisory staff and evaluators are being formulated to sort out some technical issues following administrative approval for implementation of the Academic Committee decision, which has been slightly changed.
The Academic Committee had proposed relaxation of 40 percent to the students in Kashmir valley, Winter Zone of Jammu Division and Ladakh where examinations for the session 2019-20 are scheduled in the month of November 2020 while 30 percent relaxation was recommended for the Summer Zone students, whose examinations for the Session 2020-21 are scheduled in the month of March-April 2021.
However, the Administrative Department has conveyed the approval to uniform relaxation of 30 percent in the prescribed syllabus for both the divisions of Jammu and Kashmir in all Government and private recognized schools for the current academic session.
In case a candidate attempts more than 70 percent paper, the questions attempted sequentially from the Ist page of the Answer Script shall be evaluated to the extent of 70 percent of the total marks, which is fixed as benchmark for 100 percent score of marks. The questions attempted above the 70 percent of the total marks shall not be evaluated in any case, except in those cases wherein the 70 percent of the total marks exceeds up to 5 marks owing to the pattern of the Question Paper. However, the score of the candidate shall be restricted only to 70 percent weightage.
In case of internal assessment and external practicals, the marks shall be awarded on the basis of marks obtained in respective theory papers on proportionate basis.
In respect of class 9th, the State Institute of Examination Jammu and Kashmir being the examining body, shall also grant relaxation to the students on the same analogy as worked out by the BOSE for classes 10th, 11th & 12th.
“An administrative approval has been received to the JKBOSE proposal recommended by our Academic Committee. This will ensure that each student will choose his choice of 70 percent out of 100 as it has been considered that each unit of syllabi is equally important for preparation of competitive exams. A detailed notification in this regard will be issued within a day or two,” said Prof Veena Pandita, Chairperson of JK BOSE.
While elaborating, she said that curtailment of syllabus like CBSE may prove harmful for the students because many of them, who have already prepared different topics till now, shall be restricted to only those topics which are left after deletion and thus the topics already prepared by the students with better understanding and having full command may get deleted and thus prove disadvantageous to them.
Besides relaxation in the syllabus, the JK BOSE has also got nod for decision on Class 10th and 12th candidates of Kashmir Division, Ladakh and Winter Zone areas of Jammu Division, who were declared `Reappear’ in two or more subjects and `Fail’ (having passed only one subject) and their annual/biannual (private) examination could not be conducted on time due to COVID-19 pandemic.
In case of Reappear candidates, the marks in failed subjects shall be given on the basis of average of marks scored in the subjects already passed while the failed candidates of Class 10th shall be granted provisional admission in class 11th to save their academic year. However, when the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic situation normalizes, their examination of class 10th shall be conducted. They will also be allowed to sit in the Annual Regular Examination of class 11th but their result will be kept withheld until they qualify the class 10th examination.
In respect of class 12th, , the candidates falling in `Fail’ category, shall have to appear in the examination along with Annual-Regular candidates, likely to be conducted in the month of November 2020. However, their session will be treated as Bi-Annual.
The Reappear candidates, who are not satisfied with their result declared after award of marks on average basis, shall be given chance to appear in the examination as and when the same is conducted in respect of `Fail’ candidates.
In case the situation continues as it is and the forthcoming Annual/Bi-annual (private) examinations of 2019-20 of class 10th and 12th of Summer Zone are not conducted, then the same modus operandi shall be adopted as that of Kashmir Division, sources explained.