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ISC exams begin; LICR technology to evaluate answer scripts

Jamshedpur, Feb. 19: ISC exams have started with class XII students of city-based schools answering their first theory paper with psychology on Thursday.

Students of Loyola School and Tagore Academy answered their papers in art stream. About 200 students answered their papers today. The practical examination of ISC started from February 8.

For the first time, the Council of the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) will use the Live Ink Character Recognition (LICR) Solution technology to evaluate answer scripts by the examiners this year. LICR technology incorporates a re-purposed digital pen and tablet used by examiners to evaluate answer scripts and helps in publishing results in a shorter time.

While examiners would use normal pens to evaluate answer scripts, they would use the LICR pen to fill in slots on the top sheet of answer scripts containing a summary of marks obtained.

The technology will be accurate and would reduce the recheck requests.

They would be required to write the individual marks obtained for each question as well as the total. The examiner would then click a check mark on the tab to verify the input.

The LICR would then scan the entire top sheet and send it to the council’s system. Once the checked mark is clicked via cloud computing, the scores for each question and the total marks obtained by a student will be stored in the Council’s cloud computing system.

Class XII students from all ISC schools will now appear for their next paper Ė computer science on February 22.
Meanwhile, the ICSE examination will start from February 29 with English as the first paper. As far as ISC is concerned, there are about 2,595 students from 43 schools across the city.

With Board exams city students are busy with last-minute preparations, conducting remedial classes and mock exams on a daily basis. While private teachers and tutors are giving personalized attention to help students overcome exam stress and anxiety, the CBSE helpline numbers are flooded with calls from students and parents asking for advice to face the boards confidently and score well.

Some institutions are also using information technology for last-minute exam preparations. They are mailing sample question papers to students on a daily basis and discussing the answers the following day.

Some schools said students continued to memorize answers from the textbook while others tried to answer questions based on what they understood. ďWe have encouraged our students to learn answers for all the questions in an exhaustive question bank prepared by our teachers, said a principal.

She said, “As a parent I ensure that my son takes constructive breaks like listening to music. It re-energizes her brain and increases her focus. Parents should ensure that children take enough sleep.Ē

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