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Old 21-Nov-2009
Now, semester system for classes x, xii

Mohali November 21:

After getting nod from the state Education Minister, the Punjab School Education Board has introduced semester system for classes X and XII from the next academic year. Last year, the board had introduced the system in pre-board classes IX and XI on a trial basis.

Board chairperson Dalbir Singh Dhillon said the decision had been taken after consulting educationists, principals, HODs and other stakeholders. As per the guidelines, the syllabus has been divided into two parts. The first part will start from April 1 to September 30 and the second from October 1 to March 31.

Forty per cent of the syllabus will be covered in the first semester followed by an objective type exam, and the remaining in the second part followed by a subjective type exam. Twenty per cent internal assessment for the board classes will be calculated on mathematical lines and a committee under Avtar Singh, a former SCERT Chief, will decide norms for such assessment.

In another decision, grouping of subjects has been proposed in matric exams. In the first group, compulsory subjects consist of English, Punjabi, Maths and Science and in the second group, it will be mandatory to have one compulsory subject out of social science and Hindi. The third group will consist of one optional subject other than computer science and physical education.

Dhillon said result cards of classes X and XII would consist of grading along with numerical score. Along with introducing the semester system, it had been proposed to introduce 40 per cent continuous comprehensive evaluation and 60 per cent board exam evaluation, he added.

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