No practicals in schools sans labs, says BSEB chief | Patna News

PATNA: Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) chairman Anand Kishor on Friday asked the district education officers (DEOs) and other government officials to identify the government Intermediate colleges and secondary schools which are equipped with laboratories to conduct practical examinations of students of classes X and XII next year.

Kishor, who reviewed preparations for 2019 Board examinations at a meeting at BSEB headquarters here, said the practical examinations would be conducted only in such schools and colleges which have laboratories and other necessary facilities.

“The Board will announce the dates for practical examinations soon,” he said, adding action would be taken against principals of schools concerned if mistakes were found in attendance sheets and award sheets for practical exams.

Kishor also talked about errors committed by students as well as teachers while filling the answer sheets. More than 5,000 students had entered wrong code of question paper in their answer sheets this year, forcing the BSEB to withhold their results.

“Several students have committed mistakes while filling OMR sheets and provided wrong roll number, date of birth, question paper code and other information,” he said.

This year, the Board has decided to prepare eight sets of question papers (from A to H). Kishor said even if a paper was leaked on social media, the Board would be ready with an alternative. “It will be impossible for anyone to leak all sets of question papers. Each set will be prepared by different experts,” he said.

The Board chairman said higher-order thinking skills (HOTS) questions in objectives would be reduced so that students can score better in Board examinations. The BSEB had earlier introduced 50% objective type questions in Board exam to improve pass percentage. However, the initiative failed to make much difference as far as pass percentage is concerned. “Easy questions will be asked in objective-type section from 2019 onwards,” Kishor added.

He asked the information technology wing of BSEB to open a grievance portal on Board’s website for DEOs, district programme officers and block education officers.

Pay hike for good evaluators: BSEB chairman Anand Kishor on Friday said adequate police personnel should be deployed at bar coding centres and evaluation centres in all districts to conduct free and fair Board examinations next year. “The evaluators will get 20% salary increment if they commit fewer mistakes while evaluating answer sheets of students of classes X and XII in 2019. Incentives will also be given to such evaluators under the BSEB’s ‘evaluation incentive plan’,” Kishor added.

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