Plus II reform: Students should appear for 3 exams, suggests panel

Bhubaneswar: The fact finding Committee, which was constituted by the Higher Education department to suggest reforms in Plus II examination, suggested three tests instead of one during the course period of two years.

In its interim report submitted to the state government, the panel added while during the first year tests of 50 marks should be conducted twice in the pattern of OMR, students should appear for a test with 50 marks of objective paper in OMR sheets and subjective of another 50 marks in the second year.

Further, the committee asked for introduction of question-cum-answer booklet system at the Plus II level as similar to the Matric exam.

Practical examination should be conducted at colleges in the first year.

Besides, the committee suggested some measures for smooth functioning of the Plus II examination.

To keep question papers safely, CCTVs should be installed at examination management hubs, the committee said. For early declaration of exam results, CHSE should have its own Result Processing Unit.
Technology should be utilized for question bank and tabulation.

To get grants from the Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan and other benefits the state government should consider aligning higher secondary education with School and Mass Education department, the committee said in its report.

If the above case is not possible, the government can go for opening Higher Secondary Education department, the panel suggested.