Two board exams this year for 58 Schools in Gujarat

The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has launched a pilot project in the state under which it will conduct two board exams for students of class X. This first of its kind initiative would initially be limited to 58 English medium schools affiliated to GSHSEB from different cities of the state.

The two different board exams would be conducted based upon the syllabus of both CBSE and GSHSEB. The students from these 58 schools would undertake exams in English, Maths and Science according to the CBSE board while exams for rest of the subjects would be conducted as per the GSHSEB syllabus.

In the first stage of the project, only these 58 schools would be required to shift to the dual exam concept and the rest of the schools which so far have been excluded from the project would undertake exams for all subjects according to GSHSEB syllabus.

GSHSEB is the regulating body for education in Gujrat and is responsible for determining the policy-related decisions including administrative, cognitive and intellectual directives which the state’s higher educational system incorporates.

Out of these 58 GSHSEB-run schools, it is expected that around 20,000 students would become a part of this project. State board officials are also considering roping in a select few schools from the Gujarati-medium schools too.

The GSEB conducts 2 (including 4 semester type examinations) main examinations – The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam for Standard 10 and the Higher Secondary (School) Certificate (HSC) examination for Standard XI-XII students in Gujarat. Under the new pilot project, GSHSEB would now set two question papers i.e. one for the 58 experimenting schools and other for the non-participating schools.

Commenting upon the experiment, RR Thakkar, vice-chairman of GSHSEB, said that the initial reaction has been enthusiastic and that they have received a good response from participating schools. However, it has been suggested that the experiment would not just be limited to these English medium schools. In fact, according to some government officials, based upon the success of the experiment, the project may also be extended to include Gujarati medium schools.

There exists wide spread disparity between different state boards of the country and CBSE which has led to different standard of education in different states in India. This move may be seen as a step to bridge that gap.

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