The fact-finding committee, formed by the higher education department, has suggested two annual examinations for Plus 2 students. The committee suggested introduction of multiple choice examination in Plus Two first year and cumulative marks obtained in first year and second year should be counted as the final marks scored by the student.
It recommended the second year examination in three stages of 50 per cent subjective types, 30 per cent on OMR sheets and 20 per cent practical work. Currently, there is no examination for first year students.
The committee also suggested modification of the Plus Two syllabus on the lines of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) with focus on regional needs of students and introduction of a special examination paper on general awareness and soft skills.
The paper will carry 100 marks for Plus Two examinees, and the Council of Higher Secondary Education will conduct it.
“Odia students are very talented, but when it comes to competing with counterparts at national level, they fail. This is because they lack presentation and problem solving skills. Besides, they do not score well at national-level competitive examinations. Considering this, we have suggested redesigning the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) syllabus in tune with the CBSE course because all the major examinations have questions based on CBSE syllabus. The activity-based subject will help in personality development of our students,” said Chairman of the committee and former principal of Ravenshaw College, Amulya Kumar Panda.
“There must be six questions in each subjects and each answer sheet should be evaluated by six examiners with one answer each. This will definitely bring down the errors,” Panda added.
The panel suggested commissioning of a centralized result processing unit at CHSE and avoid outsourcing the work to a third party as is done at present. This would result in better monitoring of result related works.
The fact-finding committee submitted its final report to the Higher Education Minister Pradeep Panigrahy on Saturday.