The aim of conducting preparatory exams is not just to make students familiar with the content but also the pattern. Otherwise, what is the need of such exams. However, confusion reigned on Monday — the first day of the SSLC preparatory exam — in several schools in the State as one of the paper setters — the State Headmasters’ Association — followed the old question paper format.
Though the Karnataka State Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) has changed the SSLC exam pattern from this year, the preparatory exam conducted by the Headmasters’ Association on Monday was based on old pattern.
The state exam board has now ordered that a re-examination must be conducted. The old exam pattern was to be discontinued from 2017 onwards after the KSEEB issued a circular in December, 2016. D. Shashi Kumar, general secretary of the Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka, said, “The science exam was scheduled for Tuesday, but the schools were informed about a change in subject on Monday. Now, math exam will be held on Tuesday.”
In December 2016, KSEEB issued a circular saying it has withdrawn the system of issuing question paper and answer booklets together. As per the old guidelines, the answer sheets and question papers were part of one booklet. But the new rules, which came into effect this year, state they should be given separately. There are several bodies that set the preparatory exam papers, and only the schools that received papers set by the headmasters’ association received ones in the old format.
As this was the final preparatory exam before the Board exams, many feel the confusion may impact students’ performance. For the students were told about the new pattern, but there was a lot of confusion when the old pattern was given to them. Cancellation of the exam will lead to lot of anxiety among students.