Thiruvananthapuram: The Board of Higher Secondary Examinations released a ‘bizarre’ circular instructing the schools to use the copies of the answer sheets for the practical exams instead of using the original ones that were earlier distributed for the plus two exams. The circular that was sent to the principals from the regional zones, however, wasn’t published in the official website. Even though the school authorities had called the examinations department in Thiruvananthapuram, they complain that no one attended the calls as usual.
In the previous years, the students were given an additional sheet of two pages, besides the main facing sheet. However, this year, an answer booklet of ten pages was used.
The instruction in one of the circulars is to use the old answer sheets, in case the school has a stock, or give the copies of the answer booklet. Meanwhile, another circular of the same number says that the students should be given the copy of the facing sheet along with a few extra sheets. These circulars have created confusion among the school authorities.
In the circular, it is mentioned that the new arrangement would the save the papers as the entire booklet wouldn’t be needed for the practical exams. Secretary of the Exam Board SS Vivekanandan said that the leftover answer booklets in the schools could be used for the plus one exam and that the copy of the facing sheet and a few additional sheets could be given for the plus two practical exam. There will be five practical exams for a student. Meanwhile, the principals say that the latest instruction isn’t practical as it would be difficult to take so many copies of the answer sheets. They point out that the authorities could have prepared a new set of answer sheets that is appropriate for the practical exams if they are trying not to waste the answer booklets.