BSE Odisha Replaces Marks with Grade System in Matric Exam

Bhubaneswar: In an effort to reduce stress level and competitive attitude among students, the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) on Tuesday decided to introduce grade system in matriculation examination, scrapping marks. The new system which replaces the existing division, will be introduced from this year.

Announcing this School and mass education minister Rabi Narayan Nanda said, “We want to make the whole system student-friendly. Based on the suggestions from teachers, parents, students and experts, we are going to implement the new system from this year.” The minister added that answer sheets of the students will be evaluated on nine point grades like A (91-100), B (81-90), C (71-80), D (61-70), E (51-60), F (41-50), G (31-40), H (21-30) and I (11-20).

However, the marks secured by students will be mentioned in marksheets to facilitate admission in colleges, he stated. Along with the implementation of grading system, the Board based on suggestions from educationists and teachers, has also come up with a new question pattern comprising both subjective and objective type questions for better evaluation of answersheets. “While 50% of the question paper will comprise multiple-choice questions, the remaining part will be subjective requiring long answers,” Nanda said adding answers of objective questions would be evaluated through optical mark recognition (OMR) method. For the first time, students will get a chance to appeal for re-evaluation of answer-sheets. Officials said, a student has to apply for it within seven days of publication of results by paying a fixed amount. The evaluation of answer-sheets will be done by a group of evaluators and one scrutinizer who will check answers of separate questions.

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