The Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) has approved a new policy under which two exam papers of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) will be held in a year in May and in September.
The new policy, effective from the academic year 2022, will provide multiple chances to students who failed in one or more papers to clear them and save valuable time.
The Board of Governors (BoG) of FBISE also decided to conduct the annual exams of Class 8 for the first time ever and introduced different combinations of subjects including Biology with Mathematics or Economics, Chemistry with Environmental Studies.
The board officials believe that mixing subjects to create a new set of options for students will prepare them for distinctive programs including mechatronics and bio-informatics.
The press release of FBISE read, “This policy will make FBISE consistent with international practices”.
BoG has also approved relative marking criteria, terming it more dynamic and flexible in comparison to absolute marking.
“It is important to have a competency-based exam in Grade 8 to guide students towards education pathways. In these examinations, only key subjects/skills should be tested. FBISE shall split subjects for external exams over two years for Matric. Same will apply for Intermediate,” the press release added.
Note that the board will issue certificates for only classes 10 and 12.