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Decision on examination pattern by July 15

Examination pattern to be changed from next year

New syllabus after several rounds of discussions

Bangalore: The Department of Education has set the process in motion to change the school syllabus in keeping with the National Curriculum Framework of 2005 as well as re-model the SSLC examination pattern, said Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri.

The Minister told presspersons after releasing the department’s annual school evaluation report that while the Government would take a final decision on changing the SSLC examination pattern before July 15 and act upon it from the next academic year, the overall change in school syllabus would be a longer process.

The present system of SSLC examination had come in for criticism from several quarters because of its heavy emphasis on multiple-choice and short-answer questions rather than questions aimed at testing students’ learning ability. The Government had constituted a committee, headed by retired principal Srikanta Swamy, to review the examination pattern.

The committee had submitted its report to the Government last year.

Mr. Kageri said the department would take into account recommendations made by the Jayalakshmi Devi Committee based on which the present system was based as well as those of Srikanta Swamy Committee.

They would discuss suggestions from parents, teachers, heads of institutions and experts as well.

Syllabus revision

Elaborating on the process of revising school syllabus, he said the syllabus had been formulated by the expert committee and submitted to the Government.

The process, however, was long drawn and it would take a final shape only after several rounds of further discussions.

Considering that tenders had been called for the textbooks for the next academic year (2010-11), the change in syllabus would not take effect the next academic year.