Alternative Methods of Assessment for Odisha Board Matriculation Examination

Alternative Methods of Assessment for Odisha Board Matriculation Examination

BHUBANESWAR: The Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha has approved alternative methods of assessment for awarding marks for all Class X equivalent examinations conducted by it for this year. The annual High School Certificate (HSC) / Madhyama / State Open School Certificate Examinations due on May 3 were canceled due to increasing cases of Kovid-19 infection in the state.

The BSE was directed to come up with an alternative method of evaluation to award marks to the candidates. After discussing with various stakeholders, the board has published this evaluation method. “If a candidate is not satisfied, she can conduct an offline examination by the board after the epidemic situation improves,” BSE Communications said.

Regular candidates of Annual HSC Exam, 2021 have done offline classes in class-IX in their schools and have given half-yearly exams in class-IX during 2019 and all the papers could not appear in class-ninth annual examination because of Kovid. -19

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These Class-IX students have attended offline classes in class X from January this year. BSE has conducted practice tests for these students during January, February, March and April this year. It envisages assessment methods based on learning activities and tests conducted at the school level.

As per the method, subject wise highest marks obtained by the candidates between Class IX exams (both half-yearly and yearly) and Class-X practice exams (second, third and fourth). The board will consider the two highest marks in each subject from three practice tests conducted in class-X.

After giving appropriate weightage to the marks secured and uploaded in the examinations, a school wise merit list will be prepared. Board sources said that 40 percent weightage will be given for the highest marks obtained in class-IX examinations in each subject. If a candidate has not appeared in any of the practice tests of the Class-X examination, 100 percent weightage will be given for the marks secured in the Class-IX examination and the subject-wise highest marks will be taken into consideration.

It states that out of the three practice tests conducted in class-X, the two highest marks in all subjects will be given a weightage of 30 percent each. If a candidate has appeared in only one practice test, then 70 per cent marks will be awarded in the secured marks in class-IX examinations (half-yearly and yearly).

A total of 2766 schools have been selected as mentor schools and adjoining schools have been added to it. The Headmaster of the Mentor School will upload the marks of different schools associated with it along with the Assistant Headmaster / School teachers of the attached schools. The process for the annual HSC exam will start from 15 May and end by 2 June. The headmaster of Mentor Schools will upload the issue by 31 May. For the Madhyamma examination, the provisional date of publication of the results of all the examinations is 30 June, the official source said.

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