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Board mulls new tests to make students competitive

Porvorim: The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBSHSE) said it has been in the process of using application type of test items for Class XI and XII board examinations.“The board is in the process of using application type of test items and slowly we will introduce it for Class XI as well as XII. This will facilitate students to prepare for competitive exams across the nation. At present we are just concentrating on 10 percent and we might increase it to 25 percent in the coming years,” GBSHSE Chairperson Jose Rebello said.He added, “We have a 20 percent internal component and the average student will easily get around 60 percent and the board papers are fully balanced as there is something for the bright as well as average students but if they want to do really well they have to be challenged and that is what the board is doing at the present but in a phased manner. We tried this in last year’s economics paper and most of the students loved this and actually did better in that paper. In such type of question you are free to write it in your way and interpret it. But when you ask application questions, the students get to learn a lot.”

GCET applications from April 3
Porvorim: Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has announced the prospectus for admissions to professional degree courses for the academic year 2017-18. DTE will also start accepting forms for the Goa Common Entrance Test (GCET) from April 3 onwards. The DTE website states that GCET applications will be accepted at their office in Porvorim and Ravindra Bhavan in South Goa from April 3 onwards. The applications shall be accepted till April 8 without late fees and until April 28 with a late fee.
GCET will be held on May 9 and 10 for those seeking admission to professional degree courses pharmacy, engineering, nursing and allied health courses. DTE has also made it clear that no forms will available on sale at the office and that candidates should download and print the form from the DTE website. [H]

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