Don’t scrap weightage to class 12 marks in KEAM completely: R.V.G. Menon
Entrance take a look at primarily based on multiple-choice questions insufficient to comprehensively consider pupil’s data: panel report
The 50% weightage given to class 12 marks in the KEAM (Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical) entrance examination may be prevented this time as varied instructional boards have cancelled the examinations, however it shouldn’t be scrapped completely, R.V.G. Menon, educationalist, has stated.
Prof. Menon, who led the Entrance Examination Reforms Committee appointed by the then authorities in 2006, had submitted a report in 2008 stating that fifty% weightage needs to be given to the efficiency of the aspirants in the qualifying examination. Since 2011, the State has been finalising the KEAM ranks on the idea of a 50:50 standards whereby equal weightage is given to the rating obtained by way of the doorway examination and the marks obtained for arithmetic, physics and chemistry in Class 12 examinations.
Prof. Menon was responding to stories that the federal government was mulling a proposal to discard the 50% weightage given to class 12 marks in the KEAM entrance examination for admission to varied skilled programs. “The 50% weightage given to class 12 marks cannot be normalised this time as most of the school boards had cancelled the written examinations in view of the pandemic. It would be difficult to arrive at an accurate assessment based on the alternative evaluation proposed by the central boards,” he stated.
However, Prof. Menon cautioned the federal government towards strolling into the lure laid by the Office of the Entrance Commissioner by opting to put off the 50% weightage given to class 12 marks completely. “The 50:50 criteria of finalising the rank list can be restored as and when the traditional form of written examinations is restored at the Plus Two level. From the beginning, the Entrance Commissioner had objected to the committee’s recommendation to give equal weightage to the performance in the qualifying examination. They had tried to subvert the recommendation,” he alleged.
In its report, the Entrance Reforms Committee had identified that the doorway examination primarily based on multiple-choice questions was not sufficient to make complete analysis of pupil’s data for admission into skilled programs. It inspired drill-based coaching by college students and favoured those that may afford high-value entrance teaching.