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No environment education theory test for junior college students

MUMBAI: The state education department has clarified that class XI and XII students will not have to write a theory paper for the Environmental Education and Jal Suraksha subject. It said that students would be tested on the basis of class activities like workshops,seminars and journals. In August this year the state education department announced a new syllabus for class XI students for this academic year. The department converted the environmental education subject into a graded one and included a component of water conservation. The paper pattern suggested that a theory paper would weigh 30 marks and students would have to appear for practicals carrying 20 marks. However, a government resolution issued on Monday stated that the education department had decided to go back to the previous pattern in which students would have to only submit class work for the 50 marks. These marks would then be converted into grades - A, B, C, D. The education department also said that science students appearing for physics, chemistry and biology will not have to appear for practical exam for the first semester. A 30-mark practical exam will be held at the end of the year. Offerings of subjects history of arts and appreciation and history and development of Indian music which were introduced this year have also been discontinued and would now follow the old format. - Vinamrata Borwankar