Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board has decided to amend its examination pattern in order to impart quality education in the state. Now, 70 percent marks will be awarded for written examination while 30 for practical test and internal evaluation in high schools, which will be implemented for class 9 and 10 from July 2012.

Moreover, the board has also issued the same guidelines for intermediate examinations, which will be applicable in four subjects. The decision was taken in a meeting convened under the stewardship of State Education Minister Rangnath Mishra.

While addressing the media persons, Education Director Sanjay Mohan said the 2012 examinations will take place under the new guidelines.

According to Mohan, “Time and again the UP Board was receiving complaints of not being able to match the standards of other board exams. Hence, in order to upgrade the quality of education in the state such step has been taken.”

He said that in English, Hindi and Sanskrit 30 marks have been earmarked for internal valuation on the basis of three bi-monthly tests, which will be of 10 marks each. “These tests will be organized in August, October, December and the marking will be done on the basis of writing pattern, reading style and grammar,” Mohan explained.

He stated that 15 marks for the other subjects each will be given for practical exams and projects. “Internal evaluation, project work and practical examinations will be held by the school itself,” he added.

This scheme in recognized schools will be implemented in Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology from July 2012. The 2014 Board examinations will be conducted on these directives, sources said.