Correlation between Theory and Practical Marks in Class XII/PUC/Intermediate Examinations

By ramesh.satya77 | Nov 24, 2016

Biology, Physics and Chemistry are three subjects which every school/college is sure to have at the Senior Secondary Level. In all these three subjects, the most common distribution of marks for theory and practical is 70% and 30% respectively. In this scenario, we might have come across students who fail in theory but hardly in practical which always leaves me with a number of unanswered questions. Some of them include
1. Students give their Practical Examination in the same school and Theory Examination at a different school.
Does familiarity of the examination venue affects performance?
2. For example, achievement of 80% in Practical Examination implies that the child has adequate knowledge
about theoretical concepts. If so, then why do we encounter students who fail to secure 33% in theory but
score more than 80% in practicals. What could be the reason for negative correlation between the
performance in theory and practical?
3. As teachers, are we laying equal emphasis on both theory and practical?
4. Are we conditioned with the notion that Theory is more important than practical may be due to weightage
or anonymity of the Question Paper and Evaluator?
5. Do Examiners ensure that even the Practical Examination tool meets the criteria of objectivity, reliability
and validity?
6. Are external examiners in a position to fully exercise their authority in awarding marks during practicals?

The list is endless and each of these questions targets the quality of education being imparted. What measures need to be taken to achieve positive correlation between the performance of students in theory and practicals?

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