Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) has determined to conduct the board examinations for class-10 (Matriculation) and class-12 (Intermediate) from March 9 to 26, 2021, in strict compliance with Covid-19 protocols, officials said on Monday.
The decision was once taken in a high level assembly of the JAC on Monday. The JAC chairman Arvind Prasad Singh said, “The board examinations will be held in two shifts. The examination of matriculation will be taken in first shift, while the intermediate examination in second shift.”
The examinations for class-8, 9 and 11 to be held in April, a JAC official said. This decision was once also taken in the assembly.
Singh said the detailed schedule of the examinations will be drafted in a day or two.
Approximately seven lakh students take the examinations of matriculation and intermediate annually. In 2020, more than 3.87 lakh students wrote the papers in matriculation (Class-10) examination, while over 2.34 lakh students appeared for the intermediate (Class-12) examinations, comprises science, trade and arts streams.
The filling up of forms for the both the board examinations had began from January 2 this year. Most often, the board examinations for class-10 and 12 are conducted in February. The examinations were extended by a month this year because of Covid pandemic triggered lockdowns final year, which badly affected the educational activities.
In view of the closure of the schools since March final year, the JAC has also revised the question sample for the upcoming board examinations. Number of objective kind questions would be higher this year than the preceding years. “There would be 30% to 40% objective kind questions in a paper depending upon the subjects,” JAC chairman said.
Jharkhand has permitted reopening of schools for students of class-10, 12 from December 21.
Earlier, the state school education and literacy branch had slashed the syllabus for class-10 and class-12 by 40% in view of the pandemic. Many sub-topics in mathematics and science have been removed. But even so, fairly a couple of chapters that students have studied in class-9 have been removed in class-10 syllabus. The same was once done for class-12 syllabus. The digital contents which have been given to the students all over lockdowns till August have been kept intact in the syllabus, officials said.