Gandhinagar: The Gujarat Secondary Education Board has sent a proposal to the state government to scrap the OMR system of examination for class 10 and 12 board examinations for March 2019. The OMR-style examination paper is usually of 50 marks. Starting next year, class 10 and 12 students would be taught from the NCERT curriculum too.

In the proposal sent to the state education department, the GSEB has suggested that NCERT curriculum and central board pattern be followed for the SSC and HSC examinations every year. State education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said that the government will deliberate over the suggestions given to it in the proposal by the GSEB and soon a decision would be taken on it. According to sources in the state education board, the implementation of NCERT curriculum in class 9 and 11 has already begun and starting next academic year, the same would be introduced in class 10 and 12 too.

Due to the large scale cheating in the OMR style examinations in board exams, the state government decided to implement the CBSE pattern of examinations in the secondary and higher secondary board exams. In the current year, 450 cases of mass cheatings were reported, while in 2017 it was 650 and 553 in 2016. Those students who were involved in these mass cheatings had scored 45 to 50 marks in the OMR question paper but struggled to get even 5 to 10 marks in the theoretical paper.

According to authorities of the education board, the CBSE pattern of examinations will have 20 marks OMR paper and 80 marks of theoretical paper. In this pattern, the students will have to clear both internal and external examinations. Those students who score well in the internals will have it easy to clear the external examinations too.

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