Semester System for Classes 8, 9 withdrawn

The State Government has withdrawn the semester system of education in high schools with immediate effect.

The semester system for classes eight and nine was introduced a few years ago after the trimester system that was then planned was resisted by students and teachers.

Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri, after several rounds of interaction, said the Government had decided to call off the semester system in the interest of better education.

“Students have to gear up for the tenth class examination (SSLC) and the attempt will be to prepare them better commencing from class eight and nine”.

There will be no change in the syllabus or even the textbooks for standard VIII and IX.

The present semester examination at the end of the first half of the academic year would be termed as a mid – term examination and the final examination would be at the end of the year.

Mr. Kageri said reforms for the SSLC examinations would continue and objective – type questions (multiple – choice questions) would be for 25 marks while the essay type questions will be for 75 marks in all the subjects.

A team of educational experts was working on various aspects of high school education and bringing about changes would continue to meet the demands of collegiate education and employment.

Mr. Kageri said the Government had opened English – medium schools (under the national secondary education scheme) in 74 backward taluks of the State.

These schools were jointly funded by the Union and State governments.

The English – medium schools were from standard VI and the primary education for these children was provided in Kannada medium as envisaged under the language formula.

On the distribution of textbooks and complaints of delay, the Minister said nearly 90 per cent of the textbooks for government schools (free of any cost) and that of the sale copies (nearly 90 per cent of the requirement for children in the unaided schools) had been distributed.

“There is some shortage and it will be rectified in about a week,” he added.

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