Mizoram Govt Contemplates Reintroducing Middle School Board Exams

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Aizawl: The Mizoram government is contemplating re-introducing Middle School Leaving Certificate (MSLC) board examinations after a hiatus of 10 years, a government official was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

In the new academic session 2020-21, the MSLC is likely to be re-introduced in class-8, said School Education Department secretary Esther Lalruatkimi.

Right to Education (RTE) act-mandated continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) isn’t beneficial to Mizo students, Lalruatkimi said.

According to the School Education secretary, several parents and teachers have also complained that students have lost interest in studies after the introduction of CCE.

“By re-introducing MSLC exams, we are trying to re- structure the existing CCE system in accordance with the local ethos and to suit the Mizo students. This does not mean that we are totally rejecting the CCE system,” she was quoted as saying by the news agency.

“Our main objective in re-introducing MSLC exams is to promote quality education. We hope that the system will motivate the students to pay attention to their studies,” she added.

The MSLC examination will be conducted at the district level under the State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) supervision, in which students will be required to answer common questions.

The MSLC exams by Mizoram Board of School Education (MBSE) were last conducted in 2009.

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