Kerala to consider holding plus-one improvement exam

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala higher secondary department is reportedly not averse to hold improvement exam for plus-one students who scored low marks in the first-year exam.

The results of the higher secondary plus-one and first-year vocational higher secondary examinations were published on Saturday.

The Kerala higher secondary department had earlier said that the improvement exam would not be conducted. But several students have submitted that they could not write the exam well due to health issues even after getting cured of COVID-19.

Sources in the education department have said that the feasibility of conducting the improvement exam would be discussed.

For those students who were not able to write the exam due to COVID-19, exams will be conducted again in January. If the government gives the nod for the improvement exam, both will be held together.

The teachers' unions, affiliated to the opposition parties, have also demanded to conduct the improvement exam.

Complaints galore
Several complaints have been raised over the low marks for the English paper after the results of the higher secondary plus-one examination were declared.

Students, who secured over 90 per cent in other subjects, could get only 70-75 per cent marks for English. The number of students, who got A-plus in all subjects, except in English, is higher than previous years.

The WhatsApp groups of teachers currently are rife with discussions on the odd pattern.

When the Treasury gains
The government will benefit financially if there is no improvement exam and more students seek re-evaluation. The fee for one subject is Rs 500. This amount needs to be refunded only if the marks being awarded are more than 10 per cent of the original marks. The fee will go to the government treasury even if the score improves but it is not more than the stipulated percentage.   

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