Srinagar: A 15-member high power academic committee of Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) is meeting in the next two days to decide about the syllabus rationalization and examination format for class 10 and 12.
Since March all educational institutions have been shut due to coronavirus pandemic. Most of the schools have shifted to the online mode of teaching. Some schools have provided study material to their students. Even tele-classes have been organized for those students who do not have access to smartphones and the internet.
However, many students of far-flung areas have missed out on the online and teleclasses due to the unavailability of the internet, smartphones, and television.
To make up for the academic losses, BOSE is mulling to rationalize the curriculum of 10th and 12th class students in the annual examinations.
“A high level 15 member academic committee will meet in a day or two. Leading academicians are members of this committee. We will brief them about the problems and deficiencies faced by students. Keeping in view the present situation, they will make a decision which will be beneficial for students,” said a JKBOSE official, wishing anonymity.
The committee will explore two options: To rationalize syllabus or provide a choice-based question paper. “If the first option is taken into consideration, the committee will decide what percent of the syllabus will be rationalized. Trends at the national level will be taken into consideration and accordingly, the decision will be taken. We have different problems due to the local situation. So local problems will also be taken into consideration,” said the official.
Director of Academics, JKBOSE, Farooq Peer said due to the pandemic only 15 well-experienced members will take part in the meeting to decide the curriculum for annual examinations.
“Final decision will be announced in five days. Whatever the decision they take, it will be accepted by the board and the same will be forwarded to the government,” he said.