First-year HSE/VHSE exams timetable revised; more gap between tests

V Sivankutty
Education Minister V Sivankutty said that the timetable has been prepared by providing at least 2-3 days gap between each exam.

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government on Tuesday informed that it has revised the timetable for higher-secondary and VHSE first-year examinations by incorporating sufficient intervals between tests.

The first-year higher-secondary examinations that were scheduled from September 6 to 16 will now take place from September 6 to 27. As for first-year vocational higher-secondary exams that begin on September 7, the end date has also been moved from September 16 to 27.

"The timetable has been prepared by providing 2-3 days gap between each exam. For some subjects, the interval is even more," wrote minister V Sivankutty in a Facebook post.
"The relaxed timetable is expected to give sufficient preparation time for students."

More choice of questions
The state government has also decided to provide more question options to ease the pressure off the students. As per the update, a test with a total score of 80 marks will have questions worth 160 marks.

For a total of 60, there will be questions for 120, and for a 40-mark paper, there will be 80-mark questions.

"Students will be free to answer the questions of their choice from each section. If one answers more than the stipulated number of questions in a section, the best scores will be considered for evaluation," the minister said.

The questions will be prepared from the topics listed in the focus area of the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT).

The government has also announced an increase in the cool-off period to 20 minutes to help the students thoroughly go through the extended questionnaire.


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