After going online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in Mumbai will resume offline classes in March this year. Now, grades 1 through 8 will have their exams offline, but schools are divided on whether or not to follow the same pattern of question paper that was in use before the pandemic, leading daily news reported.
Schools have found that after a long period of learning through the online mode, students may not have the confidence to write long answers of the subjective type. As a result, some have opted for objective multiple choice questions for the final exams.
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Under the current pattern, elementary school students are required to take weekly tests, while students in grades 5 to 8 are required to study the entire syllabus for final exams. The principal of a Mulund School shared his decision to choose objective questions for final exams, saying it will boost students’ confidence and relax them. The director added that the students needed a lot of practice to get used to the objective questions.
Another principal said they will be doing multiple choice questions for final exams. The principal said they took the second semester exam offline and covered the entire syllabus for it. However, some schools have decided to stick to the pre-COVID-19 paper pattern. They claimed they started preparing students for written exams early this year.
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Schools have noted that despite writing practice and revision, students do not have the confidence to write long questions. Students also asked if they were given extra time to write exams, such as 10th and 12th grade students. Parents had also urged schools in PTA meetings to give weight to objective questions and avoid questions outside the syllabus.
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