Punjab Govt Revises Passing Criteria for Science Subjects

The Punjab government has announced that the conditions for passing matriculation and intermediate examinations in scientific courses would be changed beginning with the next academic year.

The Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) has declared that students must now acquire an overall score of 66 out of 200 to pass each scientific course in the annual examinations. This is a departure from the previous requirement of scoring 33% on both theoretical and practical assessments to pass scientific fields.

The provincial government has also agreed to move intermediate and matriculation tests, with annual exams beginning in March of the following academic year. During an IBCC meeting in Islamabad, the decision to change the passing conditions for science fields was made.

The heads of the province’s nine intermediate and secondary school boards met to discuss the causes causing a rise in the number of students failing scientific courses. According to an IBCC spokesperson, the committee looked at the grading method for science-related topics because of the high failure rate across all boards.

Previously, students had to pass both the theory and practical exams individually. In many cases, students who fared well on theory exams failed because they performed badly on practical exams. Under the amended rules, students will only need 66 aggregate marks in both exams of a science topic to complete the matriculation or intermediate level, even if they fail the practical test.

In addition, due to the exceptionally hot summer heat, the province’s matriculation and intermediate exams will commence in March. These enhancements are designed to boost the province’s education system and provide additional opportunities for students to succeed academically.

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