Punjab government announces to reintroduce board exams for class 5th and 8th students

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In the coming academic year the board exams will not only increase the heartbeats of class 10th and 12th students in Punjab.

The PSEB (Punjab School Education Board) has decided to conduct board exams for classes 5th and 8th alongwith with the existing 10th and 12th. The board exam pattern will be followed from the coming academic session 2019-20.

It is to be noted that earlier the exams were being conducted by State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT). The reason behind such change is due to the goof-up registered by the state council last year during the exams of class 8th. Even this year the reports claimed the leakage of the question papers due to the wrong question papers distributed in the exam halls.

Seeking the matter, PSEB has taken a strict step to avoid the hindrances being reported by SCERT. Though, the syllabus is going to be similar but the exam pattern will render some noticeable changes.

“Earlier every school used to set-up their own question paper, now there will be uniformity and there might be changes for some schools. Keeping this in mind we have uploaded the model test paper so that teachers will be aware of the type of questions that will be asked in the upcoming board exam and prepare students likewise,” said Raminderjeet Singh, PSEB spokesperson.

The change in the exam pattern is being followed after the RTE act got amended. According to the new act ‘No detention policy’ is not to be followed however, still no student can be expelled till class 8th. If a student fails to achieve 33% marks in the board exam then the exam will be re-conducted but if secondly the student fails, then he will not be promoted to next class further.

Raminderjeet Singh has however, assured that the question paper is not going to be difficult, following the board exam pattern. “This only means to curb any leniency on the part of schools and teachers.”


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