The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has made all arrangements to conduct its annual SSC and HSSC summer examinations, with the SSC examination to be held from April 1 to April 20, while the HSSC examinations to be conducted from February 29 to March 22. Both the examinations will witness drop in the number of appearing students as compared to last year.
The SSC examination to be conducted for regular, pre-vocational, and National Skills Qualifications Framework students, as well as for children with special needs will commence on April 1 with English/ Marathi/ Urdu papers.
The HSSC examination for general streams – arts, commerce and science – will commence on February 29 with English language I/ Marathi language I being the opening papers.
The HSSC examination for vocational stream will be held from on March 1 to March 17.
Around 18,500 students will be appearing for the SSC examination, while 15,400-odd students are expected to appear for the HSSC examination, this year.
This year, the timetable for the HSSC examination has been planned in a manner that gives students ample breaks to study during the examination.
Goa Board chairman J R Rebello told ‘The Navhind Times’ that as compared to last year, the number of students answering the SSC examination this year is down by around 1,000.
“Furthermore, this year, the number of students appearing for the HSSC examination would go down by approximately 300, as compared to those who appeared for the HSSC summer 2015 examination,” he maintained.
The Goa Board chairman said that this year, altogether 26 centres have been fixed for the SSC examination, while 16 centres set up for the HSSC examination.
Altogether 19,582 students had appeared for the SSC examination conducted by the Goa Board in March/ April 2015, in a total of 24 centres, while altogether 15,708 students had appeared for the HSSC examination conducted by the Goa Board in March/ April 2015, in a total of 16 centres
Rebello said that from this year the Goa Board would partly introduce computerisation for corrections of answer sheets of SSC and HSSC examinations. “We will be using computers for the purpose of recording the marks obtained by the students answering these examinations,” he noted.
The Goa Board has decided to go for part implementation of the particular facility as the collective strength of SSC and HSSC students answering the Board examinations are on the higher side – 34,000 – and total computerisation for paper corrections, in the first year itself, could be risky.
The computerised paper correction has been introduced to bring about accountability and transparency in the evaluation system after taking into account a large number of students, who apply for revaluation of marks after the examination results are out, following possible errors on the part of those correcting the answer papers.
The computerised paper correction was carried out on a trial basis at the Goa Board’s October examinations, last year.
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