Now week-long helpline for Class 10, 12 Bihar board students
To better help Class 10 and 12 students adapt to the changes in exam pattern, the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has decided to provide them a tele-counselling facility. However, the helpline will be active for only one week starting December 15. The move follows the BSEB's announcement of making 50% questions of its Board exam papers objective from 2018 and including OMR sheets.
Class 10 and 12 students from across Bihar can call and ask anything related to the syllabus, new exam pattern, and answering the multiple-choice questions. Five telephone numbers will be issued on which experts (new each day) will field queries everyday between 11am and 2pm. In a first in India, the Bihar Board will also provide dummy OMR sheets to examinees for practice.
This is the latest in a series of attempts made by the BSEB to improve its result after 64% of its Class 12 and 49% Class of Class 10 students had failed in 2017. The Board had previously uploaded the changed pattern and model question papers on its website to provide students and teachers adequate time for preparing as per the recent changes.
The BSEB introduced multiple exam and evaluation reforms in 2017 after coming under scanner over several controversies such as the topper scam and mass-cheating instances. However, compared to 2017, fewer students have registered for the 2018 exam - 7.68 lakh Class 12 students and 13.75 lakh Class 10. In 2017, 12.5 lakh Class 12 students and 17.2 lakh Class 10 students took the exam.