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In Pictures –Shimla Inter-School Declamation and Slogan Writing Contest and Winners

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SHIMLA- On Friday last week, children of Shimla town took first step to raise their voice for a very basic as well as essential amenity – public parks, recreational space or space to play. The lack of public parks and playgrounds in Shimla’s growing concrete jungle found expression in the inter-school declamation and slogan writing competition held at the Amphitheater, Shimla Ridge on Friday.

About 21 speakers from about 11 prestigious schools of Shimla made the event successful. The topic of the competition was “Parks/Playgrounds in Shimla for Children – Indifferent Attitude of the Administration”.

The participant schools included Chapslee School, Laureate Public School: Mohit, Apurva Jhagta, Himalyan Public School, JCB Khalini, St Edwards, Portmore Swaran Public School, St Thomas, Auckland House Girls, DAV New Shimla.

Please, scroll down to read about results and winners.

The event was organized by Vivek Mohan and Keekli, a weekly newspaper. The organizers also included Editor Vandana Bhagra and contributor Ritanjali Hastir. Himachal Watcher had the pleasure of collaborating with the organizers as the media partner.

Suman Rawat, an Arjuna Award winner athlete from Himachal Pradesh, and Vivek Mohan, a National Award winner filmmaker from Shimla, were judges for the contest. The Deputy Advocate General Vinay Sharma was present as the chief guest.

The topic was such that the children, along with their academic training, received an opportunity to know what basic rights mean and role of district administration, thus, government in ensuring protection of these rights. It was inspiring to see children pointing out lack of vision in political leaders and administrators due to which Shimla is now plagued by haphazard and unplanned construction. Sadly, speakers said, the government has entirely omitted incorporation of public parks and playgrounds and blindly encouraging construction of only multi-story complexes and commercial structures.

Part-I-Watch speakers at ‘Shimla Inter-School Declamation Competition’ Amphitheater –

Part-II-Watch speakers at ‘Shimla Inter-School Declamation Competition’ Amphitheater

The speakers mentioned how lack of outdoor spaces can affect over-all wellbeing and personality development in children, how gadgets are replacing culture of outdoor playing, how children feel inclined towards substance abuse as a mean of recreation, and how children are deprived of learning important lesson in team-work, leadership, competence, social engagement etc.

Similarly, in ‘Slogan Writing’ contest, the participant schools conveyed the same message through eye catching slogans over beautifully painted charts. The slogans were judged by Vivek Mohan.

Watch Winners of Shimla Inter-School Declamation and Slogan Writing Contest

Not only the students, but the Chief Guest and Judges spoke their heart and supported the children in their demand. J R Nanda, a senior citizen and a true Samaritan, recalled days from his childhood when almost every house built during British rule had a tennis court. He recited how the government allowed reconstruction over these courts as well as any space it could find to pile up bricks and sand. Everyone applauded organization of such a wonderful event and encouraged children except one of the judges, Suman Rawat.

Suman Rawat, in a very strange stance, labeled the topic as irrelevant and demands for parks and playground as impractical. She launched sarcastic attack on the participants. She said that the general knowledge of every participant was zero and claimed that the city has sufficient grounds. She blamed children for not coming ahead to play and left no stone unturned to discourage children from taking up this issue. She even went to question education provided in even most prestigious schools of Shimla and said that it’s easy to cram a speech than actually form solutions in response to this demand. She appeared agitated over the fact that in the topic related to sports and playground, she wasn’t recognized by anyone. However, later the chief guest answered her well and boosted up children, who were discouraged by Suman Rawat. Moreover,Vivek Mohan also expressed concern over lethargy of media that failed to highlight Rawat and her achievement.

The winners were awarded by the chief guest and all participants were given participation certificates. The vote of thanks was offered by Vandna Bhagra that was followed by honoring the organizers, judges, and the chief guest. With distribution of refreshments, it concluded on a very positive note.

 

Results of English Declamation Contest

First: Anmolika Sood, DAV New Shimla

Second: Riya Saran, Portmore

Third: Mrinal Joshi, Swaran Public School

 

Results of Hindi Declamation Contest

First: Aakrit Sharma, DAV New Shimla

Second: Sashantika, Portmore

Third: Chahat, JCB Public School

Consolation: Megha Jasmal, Swaran Public School

Winning Entry in Slogan Writing Contest

First in slogan writing: Aastha Dangi (DAV New Shimla)

Second Winning Entry in Slogan Writing Contest

Second in slogan writing: Sneha Thakur (St Thomas School)

Third Winning Entry in Slogan Writing Contest

Third in slogan writing : Prasidhi (kendriya vidyalaya Jakhoo)

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All Photos: Tarun Sharma and Dheeman Gaud

Videos: Himachal Watcher

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Video: How HPBOSE Will Calculate and Allot Marks to Class 10 Students

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The HPBOSE recently notified its 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.

Himachal Watcher has prepared this video to help you understand the process.

Subject wise weightage will be allotted to students depending on the distribution of subjects by HPBOSE. Visit this link to check the weightage of marks per exams

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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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Following Cancellation of CBSE Class 12 Exams, CISCE Scraps Exams Too

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New Delhi: Class 12 CBSE Board Exams have been cancelled. The decision came following a review meeting of the Central Government on Tuesday. The result will be compiled as per well defined objective criteria in a time bound manner, the government said. The announcement for cancellation of class 12 Boards came two days before the Supreme Court’s hearing on the plea seeking cancellation of exams.

“In view of the uncertain conditions due to COVID and the feedback obtained from various stakeholders, it was decided that Class XII Board Exams would not be held this year. It was also decided that CBSE will take steps to compile the results of class XII students as per a well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner,” said a statement issued by the Centre Government.

However, an option to appear in the examination would be provided by CBSE to any student who is not satisfied with the assessment as and when the situation becomes conducive, the statement said.

Shortly after CBSE announced the cancellation for Class 12 Boards, the Council For The Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) also scrapped its ISC examinations for this year. The students will be evaluated through an alternative scheme, informed CISCE.

Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal Gujjar also announced that the state would follow the Government’s decision on CBSE. Other states are yet to announce their decision on holding state board examinations. However it is being speculated that all the BJP ruled states are likely to follow Centre’s lead.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackrey welcomed Centre’s decision. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the decision is “a big relief.”

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