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Himachal’s politicians, bureaucrats, judges must also send their children to Govt. schools

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SHIMLA- About 200 state-run primary schools in Himachal Pradesh have no teacher at all. Fifty per cent of Class 5 students in government schools are not able to comprehend textbooks meant for Class 2 students and cannot solve three-digit problems, so say many of the state’s legislators.

Concerned over the declining standards of education at the primary and elementary levels, the legislators, cutting across party lines, have demanded in the assembly reforms in the education system to check further decline.

Hailing the Allahabad High Court judgment of August 18, two of them – one from the opposition BJP and other from the Congress – demanded that politicians, bureaucrats and judges must also send their children to government schools. This is the only way, the court said, that the pathetic state of government schools in the state could be improved.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who is known for his reforms in education, favours reviving the British system of carrying out inspections of educational institutions to improve the standard of education.

If BJP member Inder Singh, who moved the resolution that was later rejected by a voice vote, is to be believed, 107 primary schools in the state have only one or two students each. Likewise, 943 schools have a single teacher and 200 schools don’t even have a teacher. But that has not prevented the chief minister from going on a spree of opening new schools, he said.

“The percentage of children studying in government schools came down to 58 per cent last year from 90 per cent in 2003.”

The ex-serviceman-turned-politician believes the total ban on mid-term transfers, starting lower kindergarten and upper kindergarten classes in government schools, introducing English from Class 1 and re-introduction of the pass/fail system till Class 8 will help check a further dip.

“The Allahabad High Court has given a historic decision. It should be followed in the state too and then the standard of education will improve,” Inder Singh added.

The Congress’ Asha Kumar, a former education minister, said nobody wanted to serve in the remote areas. She suggested that the government also set up cluster and model schools with residential facilities.

Another former education minister, I.D. Dhiman of the BJP, suggested pre-primary schools that will help increasing enrollment in government schools.

Hailing the Allahabad High Court decision, Congress member and Deputy Speaker Jagat Singh Negi, who belongs to remote Kinnaur district, said it should also be made mandatory for the children of teachers and lecturers to get admission in government schools.

Only then, he said, would the standard of education improve.

Quoting a 2012 education report of NGO Pratham, the BJP’s Hans Raj, a former lecturer, said 50 per cent of Class 5 students in government schools are not able to comprehend textbooks meant for Class 2 students.

Replying to the resolution, which was rejected with a voice vote, the chief minister said there were inspectors of schools during the British days whose job was to do just that. “We need to have school inspectors. Their duties should be to test the students’ level of education and that of the educational institutions. They should conduct surprise checks,” he added.

Admitting that the country’s education system is not a role model, the chief minister, who is at helm for the sixth time, noted: “I can say education is much better than what it was before. I will like that in future the state should be an example for other states.”

Virbhadra Singh, who holds the education portfolio, said five schools would be developed and granted the status of smart schools. He said he did not mind opening a new school in far-flung areas, even if there were just two students.

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HPBOSE Formula for Promotion of Class 10 Students Notified: Read How Marks Would be Allotted

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Dharamshala– The Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education’s formula for promoting the students of Class 10 to the next higher class has been notified on Monday.

The HPBOSE said it has formulated detailed criteria for compilation of result and promotion of students to the next higher class while focusing on, what it called, “Continuous Comprehensive Assessment (CCA)” and “Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)”.

The notification came following the cancellation of the Annual Examination of Matriculation and Senior Secondary (Plus Two) classes of HP Board of School Education in wake of the pandemic.

The formula is based on class 9 result of the student, Class 10 first and second term exams, pre-board result, paper of one subject held on April 13, internal assessment and practical marks.

HPBOSE Objective Criteria for Promotion

  1. HP Board of School Education considering CCA and CCE is based on the following important indicators
  2. Practical Awards by the concerned Schools
  3. Internal Assessment by the concerned Schools
  4. Result of 9th class examination.
  5. Result of 1″ Terms Examination conducted by the schools. Result of 2nd   Terms Examination conducted by the schools.
  6. Result of Pre-Board Matriculation Examination conducted by HPBOSE.
  7. Marks obtained in Matriculation Hindi Paper conducted by HPBOSE on 13th April 2021.

Procedure for Assessment of Students and Weightage of Marks

  1. The students will be assessed out of a maximum of 100 marks for each subject as per the policy of the Board, which include INA, Practical and Theory awards.
  2. HPBOSE has conducted Practical Exams successfully and the marks given by the concerned Teachers will be honoured.
  3. Internal Assessment of 15 Marks in all the subjects has already been submitted by the Schools Marks of Theory Paper also vary from 25 to 85. The weightage will be uniformly moderated and quantified so that all the Subjects get equal moderated weightage
  4. Due to the cancellation of the Board Examination, the assessment of Theory marks will be done by the school, as per the following procedure

9th Class

If a candidate has secured 70% marks in the 9th class examination, weightage allotted against 9th class result will be awarded as 70% of 10 marks (maximum marks of weightage to 9th class result 70×10/100-=07 Marks. This weightage will be allotted against all the subjects of the 9th class. This method will also apply to other categories of subjects as mentioned (25 maximum marks for Theory Paper and weightage of 05 marks) accordingly.

1st Term Exams

Subject wise weightage will be allotted as per the actual performance of the candidate in 1st Term Exams. For example, if a candidate has secured 55% Marks in the subject of science in the 1st Terminal Examination, the weightage allotted against this subject will be awarded as 55% of 05 Marks (55×5/100 =2.75 rounded off to 03 Marks).  This method will be applied to all other subjects for the 1st Term examination.

In case the candidate remained absent or unsuccessful in a particular subject/subjects, he/she will be awarded minimum pass marks e 33% of the total allotted weightage.

The same methodology will apply to another category of subjects (85 maximum marks for Theory Paper and weightage of 15 marks) accordingly.

2nd Term Exams

Similarly, Subject wise weightage will be allotted as per the actual performance of the candidate in 2nd Term Exams. For instance, if a candidate has secured 55% marks in the subject of science in the 2nd Terminal Examination, weightage allotted against this subject will be awarded as 55% of 05 Marks (Maximum Marks of weightage allotted to 2ndTerm) (55×5/100-2.75 rounded off 03 Marks). This method will be applied to all other subjects for 2nd terms examination.

In case the candidate remained Absent or unsuccessful in a particular subject/subjects he/she will be awarded minimum pass marks (33%) of the total allotted weightage. The same methodology will apply to other categories of the subject (85 maximum marks for Theory Paper and weightage of 15 marks) accordingly.

Further, subject wise weightage will be allotted as per the actual performance of the candidate in Pre Board Examination. For instance, if a candidate has secured 55% Marks in the subject of science in the Pre Board examination, weightage allotted against this subject will be awarded as 55% of 35 Marks (Maximum Marks of weightage allotted to Pre Board) ( 55X35/100=19.25 rounded off to 20 Marks).  In case the candidate remained Absent or unsuccessful in a particular subject/subjects he/she. will be awarded minimum pass marks (33%) of the total allotted weightage. The same methodology will apply to another category of subject.

Annual Hindi Paper

Evaluation of Hindi paper conducted by HPBOSE in April, 2021 will be done by the concerned school. Based on marks obtained in the Hindi paper the weightage of allotted O5 marks will be carried out to all the subjects (including Hindi). For example, if a candidate has secured 60 marks out of 85 (71% in Hindi Paper) the weightage against Hindi paper will be 71Xx 5/100 = 3.55 round off to 04 marks. This weightage will be allotted to all other subjects for the compilation of the result.

If a candidate remains unsuccessful/absent in the Hindi paper, he/she will be awarded minimum pass marks. i.e. 33% of 05 Marks (weightage of Hindi paper) =1.65 rounded off 02 Marks for all subjects including Hindi

Instructions regarding the evaluation of Hindi paper will be issued separately. In all the above cases fraction of marks above .1 will be rounded off to the next digit e.g., 3.20 to 04 Marks. It will be subject to the condition that the total Theory Marks should not exceed minimum pass marks i.e. 33%. 

Candidate who did not appeare in any assessment/examination

If any candidate has not appeared in any one or more subjects in a particular assessment/examination or Full assessment/examination conducted by the School/HPBOSE (1st, 2nd Terminal Examination, Pre-Board Examination or Annual Matriculation Hindi examination), he/she will be awarded 33% of the weightage.

For instance, if a candidate has not appeared in English subject in Terminal exams, 33% weightage allotted to English subject in 1st Terminal 33% of 10 Marks: 3.3 rounded off to 04 marks will be awarded to English subject.

Similarly, if a candidate has remained completely absent in 2nd Term exams, subject-wise 33% weightage will be awarded against 2nd Terms exams e,g. 33% of 15 marks 05 Marks will be awarded against all Theory paper with maximum marks of 85. 

Only the candidates who have appeared in any of the Assessments/Examination conducted either by School or Board will be eligible to be considered under this Policy.

Re-checking/Re-evaluation

As assessment has been done by the schools and the answer books of Terminal and Pre Board Examinations have been shown/handed over to the students by the school, therefore, the students will not be provided with the chance of re-checking/re-evaluation.

Result Tabulation Committee

To ensure subject wise fair evaluation, each school shall constitute a Result Tabulation Committee consisting of Principal/Headmaster and teachers of the concerned school to finalize the marks on award lists that will be provided by HPBOSE

Additional Subject

The student applied to take Exam in Additional Subject is 291 in numbers. Such students shall be awarded Minimum Passing Marks.

Compartment

There are 2654 students under this category. They will also be awarded Minimum Passing Marks

Improvement of Performance

There are 147 students under this category. Since no objective criteria are possible to judiciously determine the improvement of Score, hence, such students will not be covered under this policy of promotion of students to the next higher class as such students are already declared Passed.

HP State Open School Candidates

There are 14929 students enrolled under State Open School. There are five categories of candidates in HP State Open Schooling as follows:

  1. Direct Admission (Without TOC)
  2. Improvement of Performance
  3. Additional Subjects
  4. Re-Appear
  5. Full Subject (with TOC, Previously Regular)

Out of the above 5 categories, candidates appearing against Sr. No. 1-2, will not be promoted to the next higher class, however, the Board will conduct the examination of these students as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the examination. Since no objective criteria is possible to judiciously determine the Improvement of Score, hence, such students will not be covered under this policy.

Candidates appearing against category 3 i.e., Additional Subject, will be awarded Minimum Pass Marks

Since all candidates appearing against category 4 and 5 have already studied Matriculation class in the previous year(s), therefore, these candidates will be awarded Minimum Pass Marks and promoted to the next higher class However, Instructions regarding the evaluation of Hindi Paper will be issued separately.

Merit List

A merit list will also be drawn for March/April 2021 Matriculation Examination.

If a candidate is not satisfied with his/her result

Any candidate who is not satisfied with the Result/marks will be allowed to appear in the Improvement of Performance examination as and when the conditions become conducive to conduct the examination.

Pertinent to mention that the Annual Examination of Matriculation and Senior Secondary (Plus Two) classes of HP Board of School Education commenced on April 13, 2021. Only one exam of both the classes i.e. Hindi of Matriculation and English paper of Plus Two Examination was conducted smoothly on the said date. There was total 1,31,902 candidates (1,16,973 regular and 14, 929 SOS) appearing for Matriculation Examination.

The Government of Himachal Pradesh postponed the scheduled examination of both classes on April 14. Later Matriculation Examination was cancelled on May 6, 2021.

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After CBSE, Himachal Postpones Board and UG Exams Till May 1st

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Shimla-The ongoing examinations of the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education and under graduate classes have been postponed, a spokesperson of the HP Government informed today. He said that the state government has taken the decision keeping in view the health concerns of the students and parents.

These exams included the ongoing board examinations for Class 10th and 12th and UG examinations starting on 17th April to 17th May, 2021.

The government said that the situation would be reviewed on 1st May, 2021, and further directions would be issued accordingly. In a separate notification, the HPBOSE said that the schools exams for the two board classes were postponed till May 17, 2021. The Board also relieved all the staff engaged in conducting examinations including Superintendents, Deputy Superintendents, Flying Squads, Invigilators and Peons except Chowkidards. 

The decision of the government came after the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) today decided to cancel the examinations for class 10 and postpone exams for Class 12 due to the ongoing surge in daily COVID-19 infections in the country. The Board said that there was a constant demand for postponing the exams from students, parents, and the state governments.

However, the state government in Himachal Pradesh had decided to go on with exams amid the peeking second wave of the pandemic.

“The pandemic situation in the country is seeing a resurgence of COVID 19 positive cases in many states, with a few states having been affected more than others. In this situation, schools have been shut down in 11 states. Unlike State Boards, CBSE has an all-India character, and therefore, it is essential to hold exams simultaneously throughout the country,” the Union Education Ministry today said.

Looking to the present situation of the pandemic and school closures, the Ministry decided that the Board Exams for Class XII to be held from May 4thto June, 14th, 2021 would be postponed. The situation will be reviewed on 1st June 2021 by the Board. A notice of at least 15 days will be given before the start of the examinations.

 The Board Exams for Class X to be held from 4thMay to June 14th, 2021 were  cancelled.

“The results of Class Xth Board will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board. Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks allocated to him/her on this basis will be given an opportunity to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams,” the Ministry said.

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Himachal’s Educational Institutions Closed Till April 4 Amid COVID-19 Case Surge, Pubic Holi Celebrations Prohibited, No Restriction on Tourism

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Shimla– All the educational institutions in Himachal Pradesh, including Universities, Colleges, Technical Institutes and schools, would remain closed till April 4, 2021, as a precautionary measure keeping in view the spike in COVID-19 cases in the State, the government informed today. But schools would remain open for the classes having their examinations, it was informed.  

The decision was taken in a meeting held today that was presided by Chief Minister Jairam Thakur.

“Last year the spike in cases was gradual, but this year this surge is very rapid. In the last 20-25 days, the number of new cases has spiked from 220 to 2000, which is a matter of great concern for the state,” Chief Minister told media.

On being asked about tourist movement from neighboring Punjab – a state with massive surge in daily cases- the Chief Minister said that for now no restriction would be imposed on tourists given the peak tourist season starting from April.

Also Read: Himachal Reports Over 300 New COVID-19 Cases With 2 Deaths, Second Wave Could Peak in April & Last for 100 Days, says Report  

“Last year, the peak season was completely foiled. Therefore, it would not be favourable for the economy of the state and livelihood of the people to restrict tourist movement,” Jairam Thakur said.

“But if the surge continued and picked up more pace, then the government would review the situation again,” he told media. But the hotels and homestays would have to follow the SOPs while operating, he said. 

Chief Minister said that schools having residential facilities need not close their hostels, however, they would have to comply with all the SOPs to keep these residential areas cut off and appoint Compliance Officer to comply with all the orders. He said that teachers and other school/college staff would continue to attend the institutions.

Jai Ram Thakur said that no social and cultural events would be organized in the State by the Government and gatherings would be restricted to a maximum of 200 for indoor and 50 percent for outdoor events.

He said that nursing and medical institutions would continue to function as usual. He said that congregations and langers inside the temples would also be banned and other darshans would be allowed.

Chief Minister said that 3rd April would also be a holiday for all the offices in the State and there would be no public celebration of Holi.

He urged the people to celebrate Holi at their home with their family members only. He said that all the frontline workers would be sensitized to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest completing their second dose as per schedule.

It was also decided in the meeting that District Administration would take a judicious call on more restrictions keeping in view the positivity and fatality rate in their respective districts.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Additional Chief Secretaries R.D. Dhiman and J.C. Sharma, Secretary Health Amitabh Awasthi, Mission Director NHRM Dr. Nipun Jindal and other senior officials were also present in the meeting.

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