SRINAGAR: The School Education Department is likely to conduct in-house term-end examinations upto 7th standard at government schools from the next academic session.
The practice was already in vogue in the state. However the department has been, in recent years, conducting the exams through the respective District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) under the supervision of the State Institute of Education (SIE), Bemina.
The department had, in September, decided to conduct the term-end examinations of classes 5 to 7 at the respective government schools with a common question paper prescribed by the respective DIETs.
But from the next academic session, the department is likely to do away with the DIETs in conducting the exams, officials said.
The directions in this regard were passed by the Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, on Wednesday in a meeting in Jammu in which top officials of the department participated.
A top official who was part of the meeting told Kashmir Reader that the decision will be implemented from Academic Session 2019-20.
“Now that the examinations are being conducted for the current academic year, it will be implemented from next year,” the official said.
Asked whether the directions from Advisor Ganai to hold examinations up to 7th standard at the respective schools came in the backdrop of the recent mix-ups in question papers, the official said, “It was already on the agenda”.
“The Advisor is of the opinion that the students should not be burdened too much. He wants an internal assessment of the students by the schools,” he added.
While examinations from Class 8 onwards will continue to be held by the SIE, the official quoted Ganai as saying that children upto class 7 “should be let free to play”.
An official said that the examinations will be conducted at the cluster level with up to five schools per cluster.
After the recent question paper fiasco, the SIE and the concerned DIETs “have been pulled up” by the department, the official informed.
“The Secretary Education is taking a review of the matter,” he added.
While Advisor Ganai had also directed for the setting up of the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT), a top official in the School Education Department said, “That is a lengthy process. It will at least take 10-12 years to set up the SCERT.”