MPBSE to reconsider holding Class 10 Exams, Final Decision Awaited

After announcing the postponement of the 10th class exams until June, the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) is now considering holding 10th class exams. Consistent with other boards including CBSE, CISCE the Madhya Pradesh Board is also now discussing holding final year exams for 10th graders. According to the board, “different assessment methods” are considered. Students can expect a final decision at any time.

The MPBSE exams were previously scheduled for April 30 in Class 10 and from May 1 in Class 12. Now the 12th class exams will be held in June, the exact dates have not been announced. The 12-day MPBSE sheet will be released soon “after reviewing the status of COVID-19,” the board said.

During the ongoing academic year, the state has implemented a number of assessment methods. For undergraduate and postgraduate exams in varsities based in Parliament, students were asked to take the test in an open format. The MP Board provided students with the opportunity to appear in the final exams for classes 9, 11 and pre-classes 10 and 12 in online mode. Students who choose to take the tests in written form are given the opportunity to take the test on their way home.

By 2020, approximately 8.5 lakh students passed the 12th MPBSE exams of which 68.81 percent had dropped the exams. In the Grade 10 MPBSE test more than 9 lakhs emerged when 62.84 percent of the students passed the test.

In addition to the test method, the paper pattern has also been modified for the MPBSE Board tests. The syllabus for 10th and 12th classes has been reduced by 30 percent while the number of single questions or MCQs has been increased from 10 percent to 30 percent. This year MPBSE will limit the number of questions on the long form. The longest question this year will be five marks where students will have to write 200 words. This is in line with the recommendations in NEP 2020.

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