Teachers fret as SSLC board says no blueprint for exams

Teachers fret as SSLC board says no blueprint for exams

Director of Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board V Sumangala answers queries during the phone-in programme organised by Prajavani at its office in Bengaluru on Friday. Senior Assistant Directors K M Gangadharaswamy and Shekharappa are seen. DH

With the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) doing away with the blueprint, students and teachers are an anxious lot.

The blueprint gives information about the number of marks allotted to each chapter in the textbook.

This year, instead of the blueprint, KSEEB has uploaded details of the weightage of marks allotted to each chapter, on its website. This will help students get a picture of how many marks has been allocated to a particular chapter in the textbook.

Karnataka has been adopting the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) syllabus in the phased manner and this is the first year students of class 10 will be writing the board exams in the new syllabus.

During a phone-in programme organised by Prajavani, Mahesh, a mathematics teacher from Raichur said it was tough for them to help prepare students for exams without a blueprint, considering it was a new textbook.

However, Sumangala, Director, KSEEB said that they were of the opinion that releasing blueprint only created more confusion.

“It is only those teachers preparing the question paper who need blue print. It is sufficient if teachers know the number of marks allotted per chapter. If blueprint is given to students, they follow the same and blame us if marks allocated per question varies” she said.

The board has, on its website released two model question papers. Teachers complained that questions in both these were similar. “We do not have other question banks for reference as it is a new syllabus,” a teacher said.

Lokanath, a caller from Mysuru sought that the KSEEB help provide an additional workshop for children prior to the exams. Board officials said that BEOs and DDPIs would be prompted to take such initiatives.