Abhijit Nath, NET Correspondent, Tripura
Following the footsteps of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) and School Education department on Thursday jointly decided to adopt a new scheme for the students of class X and XII for appearing in final examinations during 2021-22 academic session.
Speaking with reporters at Civil Secretariat here in Agartala on Thursday evening, Education minister Ratanlal Nath said that the joint meeting of members of TBSE and officials of School Education department at his official chamber on Thursday, “decided to adopt a new scheme for the students of class X and XII to appear in the board examination conducted by TBSE during 2021-22 academic session in all 1064 High schools including 415 Higher Secondary schools across Tripura. It is only for the present academic session.”
Nath said “It is not known whether the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic will increase or decrease. In 2020 and 2021, there has been a huge loss in the field of education. Hence, for both the classes X and XII, the TBSE has followed the footsteps of CBSE by introducing Term-I and Term-II, both as final examinations to be held in December 2021 and April 2022, respectively”.
“Due to pandemic, 30 percent of the syllabus has already been reduced. Hence, examination of Term-I will be held on 35 percent of the syllabus which must be considered as final examination and Term-II will be of rest 35 percent of the syllabus is also final examination”, said Nath.
“However, the decision for Term-II will depend on the COVID-19 pandemic’s third wave situation. If the situation is normal then the examination will take place and if the situation deteriorates after December next, then Term-II’s examination marks will follow the scores of Term-I. Hence, both the terms are equally significant for the students”, the Education minister told reporters.
He asserted, “The Term-I will consist of 50 marks for each subject. 40 marks assigned for questions and answers and 10 marks for internal assessment while science subjects questionnaire will be of 35 marks and 15 marks for practicals. The first term will take place in the concerned schools and the same school’s teacher will check the answer sheets while an observer from another nearby school will visit. The questions will be set by the board. Results will be displayed in the board examination. Students must fill up forms from November 01 to 15 next”.
The Minister however added that there has been no permanent decision regarding Term-II final examination. If the situation becomes normal, exams will be held as usual and in offline mode positively. At present, there are approximately 46,000 students in class X and 28,000 students in class XII.