New Delhi: The Karnataka government is set to conduct public examinations for Class 7 students beginning from this academic year, i.e., 2019-2020, stated a report. This exam pattern which was followed in the academic year 2004 to 2005 was abolished.

In a surprising move, the state government has planned to re-introduce the exam system again. Addressing a press conference on Friday, the Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar informed that Class 7 students of Karnataka will take their public exams in the current academic year.

It must be noted that the state government had earlier mulled over the idea of introducing board examinations at either class 5 or class 8 or at both levels. While the announcement shocked the government schools across the state, some parents hailed the move as a positive one stating that it would reduce the burden of students while they write their Class 10 board exams, stated a report.

Having observed a significant fall in the learning level of students across Karanataka through surveys conducted by many including the Niti Ayog, the Department of Primary and Secondary education announced the decision to re-introduce the board exam. SR Umashankar, principal secretary of the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board was quoted by a regional daily as saying, “We need to admit the decline in our learning level. Recent surveys like the Niti Ayog survey and other surveys done in the states have stated the downfall of learning level. Students need to be prepared for the class 10th SSLC exams and this will act as a run-up to the 10 class boards.”

While the exam paper for the Class 7 public examinations will be set by the KSEEB, the answer scripts will be evaluated at the district level, stated a report. It further said that there will be no ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ in this board exam for this year.