Reforms in SSC Inter Examination Pattern
Rote and memorisation may not help 10th class and Intermediate students gain more marks in the examinations from now onwards as the government is firm on bringing reforms in the examination system of these two courses.
As a part of the exercise, the Hyderabad government constituted a committee of eminent academicians headed by educationist and former Director of NCERT Krishna Kumar.
The committee consisting of 11 other members will study in detail the existing practices and suggest reforms which will relieve the fear, anxiety and stress among students and strengthen their knowledge to enable them to face any examination with confidence.
The committee will submit its report within six months.
Secretary, School Education, D. Sambasiva Rao said that teachers and officials have been requesting for reforms in these two crucial examinations. Over the years the testing pattern remained rigid and bureaucratic.
The pattern focused on eliciting information from the student in a manner ready for instant recall and encouraged rote memorisation. It failed to test thinking skills like reasoning and analysis and creativity.
“Moreover, the examinations do not make any allowance for different types of learners and learning environments.”
What prompted the government was also the rise of applications for revaluation in SSC and Intermediate Public Examinations that reflected the anxiety among students and parents about the validation system.
Moreover, the National Curriculum Frame (NCF) has also recommended the testing pattern to help elicit creative aspect of students.
The other committee members include Farida Abdullah Khan, former Head of the Department of Educational Studies, Jamia Milia Islamia; Apoorvanand, University of Delhi; Lathika Gupta, Consultant, NCPCR and R. Amurthavalli, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.
The other members will be Commissioner & Director of School Education; Director of Government Examinations; Director of Intermediate Education; Secretary, Board of Intermediate Education; Director of SCERT; Principal, RIE, Mysore and Addl. Director of School Education dealing with the subject.