From next year in UP: internship for class IX, XI students, 30% MCQ in class X subjects

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A new model of questions for Class X, multiple-choice questions in exams, internships for students in Classes IX and XI, and a focus on the connection between Sanskrit and technology are among the major changes that UP Board will introduce in its program from next year. .

From 2023, 30% of questions in all subjects on Class X board exams will be multiple-choice questions and students will be given optical mark recognition (OMR) sheets to answer them, officials said.

They also said the same scheme would be implemented for Class XII UP Board exams from 2025.

In a bid to improve the employment prospects of students, the board will also introduce a new program, in which students in classes IX and XI will get internships.

UP Board Secretary Divyakant Shukla said on Thursday, “Thirty percent of all exam questions will be objective and OMR sheets will be given to students to answer them. We have already used this format in Class IX exams this time around, and from next year the same format will also be replicated in Class X exams.”

The decisions were taken at a meeting chaired by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday, in which senior officials made presentations on how the functioning of the state council could be improved.

A senior official said the details of the internship program were yet to be worked out. “It will be too early to say how the internship program will be managed. In the coming times, we will post more details about this. The idea is to prepare students for employment and improve their employment prospects.

Through these internships, students of classes IX and XI will learn about different types of jobs,” the official said.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister also instructed officials to ensure that all schools in the state have Wi-Fi connections, smart classrooms, a student tracking system and biometric attendance for students over the next 100 days.

Adityanath also called for the launch of an online career guidance portal “Pankh” to guide students. He also asked officials to ensure that an online monitoring categorization system and an electronic library are developed in schools at the earliest.

The Chief Minister also said an action plan should be prepared to improve learning outcomes, increase enrollment and reduce the dropout rate in the state. He ordered officials to set up career guidance cells in all educational institutions, officials said.

“He also said that there is a need to link Sanskrit with technology, and for this, 180-hour certification and 360-hour diploma programs should be started,” they added. Adityanath said vacancies for all teaching positions should be filled immediately and nominations should be made for the position of yoga teachers across the state.

Meanwhile, the state’s Department of Higher Education has developed a 10-point grading system for three undergraduate courses – BA, BSc and BCom for the 2022-23 academic session.

Officials said the move was in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) and aimed to assess students against their learning goals.
A government spokesman said private universities in the state were instructed to follow the grading system.

Officials said that under the new system, students scoring between 91 and 100 would be given a 10 point grade and a grade letter O (outstanding).

Students earning grades between 81 and 90 will be awarded grade 9 and A+. Similarly, students scoring between 71 and 80 will get grades 8 and A.

“Other grades will come with a B+, B or C and students scoring between 33 and 40 will get grade 4 and P (Pass). Students getting under 32 will get a 0 and get an F (fail) with it,” they added.

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