Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: A day after Odisha Board of Secondary Education (BSE) released an alternative mode of assessment for awarding marks to Class X students, State School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash on Saturday expressed hope that the methodology will not disappoint students.

“In view of the Covid pandemic situation, we had directed the board to find out alternative measures.The board has come up with the mechanism on time. I am hopeful that it will not hamper the interest of the students and none will be disappointed,” Dash told mediapersons. 

“The pandemic situation has arisen in Odisha for the first time in the history of the board. We do not have other alternatives. On the basis of the present situation, the board has to adopt the measures,” he said. 

Explaining further about the assessment method, the Minister said students will have another option too. "In case, they are not satisfied with the marks provided under this assessment method, they can appear for offline examination. Arrangements will be made so that they can appear for the examination after the Covid situation improves,” Dash said. 

On being asked whether students can appear for the examination before the Plus 2 admission, Dash said, “Decision has been taken to announce the Matric results by June 30. Generally, the Plus 2 admission process continues till August. We will assess the situation after June 30 and a decision will be taken accordingly.”

Procedure For Assessments:-

Annual HSC Examinations

  1. The evaluation of marks will be done based on n the class 9 and 10 examinations. As per the order released by the BSE, the assessment of will carried out by considering the marks secured by a candidate in half-yearly and annual exam in class 9 and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th practice tests in class 10.
  2. Board will take into consideration the two highest marks in each subject from the three practice tests conducted in Class-X. 
  3. 40% weightage will be given to highest marks secured in Class-IX. 
  4. Two highest marks in all subject out of three practice tests conducted in Class-X will be given weightage of 30% each. In case any candidate has appeared in only one practice test, then 70% weightage will be given in the mark secured in Class-IX examinations (half yearly and annual).
  5. Results of Annual HSC Examination conducted by B.S.E., Odisha of last four years i.e. 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020 of the schools will be analysed and basing on the best performance of the school in last four years, maximum no. of different grades bagged by each school shall be found out.
  6. Basing on the grades as drawn at supra (k), marks shall be allotted to each candidate in graded manner.
  7. The work of online entry of marks by mentor schools will be supervised by the respective District Education Officers with the assistance of BEOs/ ABEOs
  8. All total 2766 schools have been selected as Mentor school to which some near by schools have been attached.
  9. Headmaster of Mentor School shall upload the marks of individual schools attached to it with the support Headmaster/ school teachers of attached schools.

School Ex-Regular & Correspondence Ex-Regular

  • These candidates have appeared the exam once or more than once in previous years starting from Annual HSC Examination, 2014
  • The Board shall analyse the examination results of these candidates in which they appeared.
  • A data base of this category of candidates shall be prepared taking into account the best marks secured by the candidate in each subject
  • Following the principle of “Average Mark”, the scores of pending subjects will be determined in order to process their results.
  • The candidates having no mark at all in any past examinations shall have to appear in offline examination when it will be held.

Correspondence Regular

These candidates have to appear at examination, offline when it shall be held.

State Open School Certificate Exams

  • Fresh Category: - These candidates have to appear at examination offline when it shall be held.
  • Back Category: - The method of assessment for this category will be identical to that of school ex-regular candidates of HSC Examination.

Madhyama Regular

  • These candidates have appeared Class-IX Annual Examination and PreBoard examination in Class-X.
  • 40% weightage will be given to Class-IX Annual Madhyama Examination and 60% weightage shall be given to Class-X Pre Board Examination.
  • The results of the schools for last four years will be analysed.
  • Basing on the best performance of the Tol during last three years, maximum no. of different grades bagged by the Tol will be found out.
  • Basing on the no. of grades determined as at “g” above, the marks shall be allotted to each candidate in graded manner.

Madhyama Ex-Regular

The method of assessment will be similar to that of Ex-Regular category of High School Certificate Examination.

The BSE has clarified that in case any candidate is not satisfied, he/she can appear in the examination to be conducted offline by the Board after the pandemic situation improves.