Move will ‘discourage rote learning’
SRINAGAR: To discourage rote learning and equip students better for competitive examinations, the J&K state Board of School Education (JKBOSE) has decided to change the pattern of question papers for class 10 and 12 examinations from next academic year.
The new pattern of question papers, which will have more objective and reasoning questions, and the pattern would subsequently be introduced also at the primary level, the board said.
Chairperson JKBOSE, Veena Pandita told Kashmir Reader that the board had “asked for reports over why schools were going for affiliation with Central Board of School Education (CBSE) instead of JKBOSE”.
Last year, scores of private schools in the state, which were affiliated with JKBOSE since their inception, affiliated themselves with CBSE with more schools likely to follow suit.
Pandita said that one of the factors for the schools switching the boards was that “more students qualified the consequent competitive examinations under CBSE as compared to JKBOSE”.
Although the syllabus devised by JKBOSE and CBSE was “more or less the same”, Pandita said that more objective and analytical questions were asked by the latter, which as per her, was “so far missing in our pattern”.
Majority of the questions in the question papers set up by the JKBOSE are subjective with only a fraction of the overall questions being objective and reasoning in nature.
“Although we ask some objective questions, but there is no reasoning,” Pandita added.
She said that there was also a higher pass percentage under CBSE as compared to JKBOSE.
“We worked it out and decided to change the question paper pattern of classes 10 and 12 from next year (2019-20). We will also train teachers how to teach the students and what they should (actually) know”.
Pandita said that they had also mooted a proposal to change the question paper pattern “from the primary level itself so that the students prepare with an analytical bent of mind from the very beginning”.
The question paper of class 11th, which the schools used to hold by themselves and which the board is conducting from this academic session, will also be changed in coming years, informed Pandita.
“We will also keep model question papers available on our website as a pre-information to the students and the whole school education department,” she said.
“We want to discourage rote learning. We want that a student should have a proper understanding of whatever topic he/she is studying,” hoped Pandita.
She hoped that the pass percentage will increase under the proposed pattern of question papers.
A top rung official at the JKBOSE said that the CBSE asked “simple and objective and information based questions” which had a certain degree of precision.
“We are improvising on the present system. Otherwise the present pattern is also practically viable and good. We are trying to bring it at par with national level. It will help students to compete at the national level entrance examinations,” the official added.
“It would be easier for our students to qualify national level examinations. This is the objective (of the change in question paper pattern),” hoped the official.