Edu Deptt Mulls Exam Reforms to Make Evaluation ‘Student-Friendly’

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SRINAGAR

Jammu and Kashmir Government is all set to bring effective reforms to streamline the examination system and subsequent evaluation process to enable students get what they deserve for their performance.

Chairing a high level meeting in Jammu on Thursday, Education Minister, Naeem Akhtar called for zero tolerance against the officials found negligent at various levels of examination process from setting of papers up to final evaluation of answer sheets, an official statement said this evening.

“People have high expectations from this Government and the credibility needs to be sustained by minimizing lapses, if any, in the crucial process that involves the future of students,” he asserted.

The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary Education Department, Directors of School Education, Kashmir and Jammu, Chairman Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (JKBOSE) and experts from Jammu University and Central University Kashmir.

The Minister asked the BOSE to strengthen the system to make the conduct of examinations and evaluation transparent and fool-proof.

Asking about the procedure in place for revaluation process, the Minister told JKBOSE authorities to make the procedure known to the parents and the students to enable them avail the same if they have doubts about the evaluation of their answer sheets.

Referring to the recent unfortunate incident of a student taking extreme step due to a serious lapse by the evaluator, the Minister asserted that the revaluation facility provided by BOSE and the provision for providing copy of answer script on demand should be known to every student.

“This will help build confidence among the students and prevent such tragic incidents in future,” he said.

The experts from the Universities also suggested for standardization of evaluation system. For that they suggested to study different models of evaluation being followed by the Education Boards, universities and other institutions.

The Minister also called for revisiting the curriculum for primary and middle classes and suggested for coming up with a new model and books that would satiate the requirements for better communication and understanding in the classroom.

“There is a need to bridge the gap between communication and understanding on the part of teacher and students,” he said. He asked JKBOSE to take a decision in this matter and explore all possibilities including constitution of an expert committee to recommend benchmarks or models for new set of books.

He also asked for exploring the possibility of adopting the CBSE pattern by adding local features.

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