The Karnataka Board is all set to introduce public/board exams for Class 7 students from this academic year. The state had earlier abolished this practice in the year 2004-2005. This exam pattern, however, is expected to make a come back this year. Nevertheless, no student will be detained, and there would not be a “pass” or “fail” for the students of this year. It is to be remembered that Karnataka was the first among the states to follow the “No-Detention Policy”, which they are working towards to revoke now.
According to the Department of Primary and Secondary Education, this decision was made following the decline of the learning level of the KSEEB students. Ensuing discussions with both parents and teachers, the Department planned to bring in a passing exam for the students, before their appearing for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate exams in Class 10.
Earlier the Government was mulling over plans to introduce public exams for class 5 or 8 (or both). Meanwhile, the Government also has plans to confirm a detention policy from next year onwards for the KSEEB class 7 students.
Most of the State Board Schools consider this move as surprising and are not prepared enough to conduct the Board Exams. Nevertheless, few of the parents look forward to the move as they feel it will make the students more prepared to face the class 10 Board Exams.
The Karnataka Secondary Examination Board is expected to set the question paper for the exams, while the evaluation will be carried out at the district level. However, the pattern for the question paper is yet to be decided upon.
At the same time, the State Government will also have to bring about amendments to the Right To Education Act (RTE) if they have to revive the detention policy.
Meanwhile, the resources we offer for class 7 KSEEB are as follows: