With some schools in Hissar and Bhiwani have decided to hold the examination to assess the students performance, others feel the examination is not necessary, since their students undergo Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE).
The Haryana Education Department had introduced the semester system for students of classes VI to XII in 2006. The students are required to take examination twice a year i.e. at the end of each semester. The school authorities conduct the test and compile the results semester-wise for their own record.
Rajmal Nain, principal, Government Girls' Senior Secondary School, Hisar, said they were preparing to conduct the examination for these classes before the board examination.
"We compile the results of students every semester. The examination comprises a written test of maximum 70 marks, besides 30 marks for the CCEs and unit tests totaling 100 marks for each subject", said the principal.
Ramesh Boora, principal, Government Girls' Senior Secondary School, Bhiwani, said they had been conducting the semester examination for pre-board classes. However, due to non-availability of certain textbooks, the teachers concerned had been asked to prepare the test on the basis of what had been taught in classes.
Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal maintained that, under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE), pre-board classes were not required to take the first-semester examination since, the CCE was sufficient for assessment.
The Education Minister, who heads the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) committee who reviewed the ‘no detention' provision under the RTE, said the policy was partly responsible for the poor, showing in the last matriculation examination conducted by the Haryana Board of School Education (HBSE).
"The review report is almost complete, and I will submit it to the Centre soon for a final decision. Though CCE is a good option, the teachers in government schools need to be trained, in a better way to implement it," she said.