AP SSC exams will now have only 6 question papers

The government issued orders to conduct SSC public examinations in 2021 and 2022 with seven papers to reduce the strain caused to the students due to the Covid-19 pandemic

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  22 Aug 2022 12:55 PM GMT
AP SSC exams will now have only 6 question papers

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government has reduced the number of question papers for SSC public examinations to six from the academic year 2022-23 to align with the CBSE paper system. Earlier, SSC exams had 11 question papers. The government order, issued by the special secretary to the government B. Rajsekhar, said Physical Science and Biological Sciences shall have one paper and answer scripts shall be distributed separately while languages and non-languages shall be assessed with one question paper.

Earlier, in 2015, the government introduced the continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) pattern of examination system for classes VI to X and ordered that the CCE pattern of examination system for class X be adopted from the academic year 2016-17 with 11 papers.

Later, the government issued orders to conduct SSC public examinations in 2021 and 2022 with seven papers to reduce the strain caused to the students due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As per the new GO, the commissioner of school education said that the director of the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) submitted a report on the pros and cons of the examination system stating that the 11-paper system of examination was introduced before the commencement of continuous comprehensive evaluation system in the state. Before the CCE system, there was a practice of evaluating students in four unit tests and two terminal tests. To test the student extensively, public examinations for class X were conducted with 11 papers and it was extended to class IX to prepare the student for the next public examination system.

But, after the introduction of the CCE system, a student is being tested continuously besides four formative tests and two terminal tests. Hence, there is no need to test the student again extensively in the public examination. The CBSE conducts examinations with only one paper for the subject to minimise examination stress. SCERT has suggested conducting SSC examinations in six or seven paper systems.

"The government has a policy to affiliate government schools with CBSE and prepare the first batch of students to write the CBSE public exam in the AY 2024-25, and accordingly, the government decided to align with the CBSE's six-paper pattern," the GO stated.

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