Education Board to re-introduce board exams for class 5th and 8th to improve ‘Quality of Education’

Chandigarh : After the parliament scrapped the ‘No-detention policy’ in January this year, Punjab state education department has asked Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) to re-introduce board exams for class V and VIII to strengthen the primary education system. This, feels the department, will help in tackling the issue of worsening quality of education at the senior secondary level.

“Due to changes in the education policy, PSEB will assess the students in class V and VIII instead of the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Punjab. The aim of the move is to create routine quality checks, which was earlier not possible due to the no detention policy,” said Sukhwinder Kaur Saroya, controller of examinations, PSEB.

The board exams in class V and VIII were removed a few years ago and are being re-introduced from 2020 onwards. It is upto each state government to reconsider the decision to re-introduce it.

Explaining the move, Saroya said, “The removal of board exams was not successful as it deteriorated the quality of education. Most students passed conveniently, despite not scoring the passing marks. The real struggle would begin in the senior secondary classes when students crumble under the increasing pressure of studies and inadequate knowledge of fundamental concepts would worsen the situation.”

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Discarding the possibility of the change in exam pattern creating stress among the students, the PSEB official said, “Board exams are no different than other exams. Students should not be stressed with the changes in exam pattern as the syllabus and the preparation required will be the same.” However, students and teachers will now have to be more careful because there will a possibility of students failing in a particular class. “This can affect the overall result of the school,” she adds. Model papers prepared by PSEB in collaboration with SCERT have already been uploaded on the official website of PSEB along with the updated curriculum. “The proper guidelines of the board exams will be formed in the upcoming six months. However, there is no clarity if separate centres will be allotted to the students like class X and XII boards,” said Saroya.

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