Every year, students get to write four formative assessments (FAs), two summative assessments (SAs), and pre-finals. This year, the state has reduced the number of assessments by half. Teachers said conducting FA- II, SA, and pre-finals look unlikely as schools remain shut due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.
“This year, the number of papers has been reduced, so is the syllabus. Although model papers are made available, students are not entirely familiar with the question paper pattern. Unless they get to write a few practice tests before the board examination, they will not be completely prepared,” said M Ravindar, a government teacher and vice-president, Telangana Progressive Teachers’ Forum. As per the schedule released by the department of school education, FA2 should be conducted by April 15. Summative assessment was scheduled to be held between May 17 and May 13. FA1 was held in March.
“If not for practice, at least SA should be conducted as they are needed for internal assessment as they carry 20% weightage,” United Teachers’ Federation general secretary Chava Ravi said. He said that in case board exams have to be cancelled, students have to be promoted, as done last year, based on internal assessment marks. SSC exams are held for 600 marks (100 marks for each subject) — 480 marks for board exams and 120 for internals.
Students and their parents also said that it was not fair to ask them to appear for exams without proper preparation. “Even if I get to attend SA exams before boards, it will boost my confidence. Right now, I am not sure what I learned through digital classes and whether or not it is sufficient to give boards,” Akhil V, a class 10 student, said.
Commissioner and director of school education, A Sridevasena, said that right now they did not receive any instructions about examinations. “Until we receive instructions from the government to not conduct examinations, we will be making all preparations for the conduct of examinations. Till date, we haven’t received any instructions on resuming physical classes or assessments, or board exams. These are policy decisions to be taken by the government,” Sridevasena told TOI.