The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education in a meeting on Friday has decided to henceforth conduct October examinations for standard XII students, who are unable to clear the March examinations of the Board. The Board had stopped the October examinations for standard XII students since 2003 due to the significant expenses involved in the exam’s conduct.
Following demands from parents, students and schools, Education Minister Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate, announced at the recent assembly session that the Goa Board is considering the proposal for standard XII students who have failed in more than one subject during the main examinations in March.
The proposal has now been approved by the Goa Board and the decision will be implemented from this academic year itself. This year, the exam will be held on October 29 and a circular will soon be issued to all higher secondary schools informing them of this decision.
In a bid to cut down the cost of around Rs 10 lakh in conducting the exams, the Board will hold exams at only Margao and Mapusa. Around 2,000 students are set to appear for the exams this year, sources informed.
Conducting the exams in October provides weak students who have failed in several subjects two opportunities to clear their backlog – the October exams and the following year in March.
At present, students who appear for standard XII exams do not get such concessions. Students who fail in one subject in the March exams can clear it in a re-examination in June, the same year, but those who have failed in more than one subject have to wait till next year’s March examinations.
For weaker students, the year-long wait puts them at a disadvantage, and should they fail to clear the hurdles in more than one subject, it means loss of another academic year.
The Board’s latest move will provide two opportunities to clear the backlog. Failure in October will still give the student another chance in the following March exams of the Goa Board.
Students who fail standard X Board exams get several concessions and the state government now wants to make similar facilities available to standard XII students.
From the present academic year, the Goa Board has began granting AKTK (Allowed To Keep Terms) to standard X students who have failed even in two subject. Previously, ATKT was being granted to only those who had failed in one subject. Besides, standard X students who have failed in more than two subjects can also take the exams again in October.