No change in SSLC format, for now

BANGALORE, FEB. 26. The annual examination system for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) course will continue, but the question of introducing a trimester system of examination from the academic year 2005-06 would be considered by the State Government, the Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education, B.K. Chandrashekar, has said.

He told The Hindu today that the focus at present was to reduce the physical and academic load on schoolchildren. It has been decided to trim the textbook contents. The Government was also keen on reducing the duration of the examination to 90 minutes from 180 minutes.

D. Jagannath Rao, Director of State Education Research and Training, said the revised syllabus for classes one to nine would be introduced from the next academic year.

The syllabus was formed strictly according to the National Policy on Education. The new syllabus would focus on helping children to grasp, analyse, and be creative.

The Minister said that from the next academic year children in classes one to nine would possibly have to carry only one textbook for every trimester. They might have to carry a few notebooks.

There would be an internal examination at the end of every trimester.

The marks obtained at the end of every trimester would be considered for promoting a child to the next class at the end of the calendar year, even if the child fared badly in the final examination.

The revision of syllabus for SSLC was on. The Government was serious about changing the curriculum and the examination format. Even today, there were many children who gave up education after obtaining SSLC since it was the minimum qualification required to take up vocational education or even to apply for certain categories of employment.

The Minister said that in order to reduce pressure on children it had been proposed to introduce objective type questions.

Irrespective of the answer given, children would be given marks if their approach to answering a question was correct.