Stu­dents set to sweat it out even dur­ing their sum­mer hol­i­days

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Nee­lam Pandey let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Sum­mer va­ca­tions might no longer be fun and games if you aren’t do­ing well in stud­ies. The Cen­tre plans to make poorly per­form­ing stu­dents sweat it out in re­me­dial classes over the sum­mer va­ca­tion and week­ends to catch up with their peers.

Hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment (HRD) min­istry of­fi­cials told HT the states have agreed to a pro­posal to hold “re­me­dial” classes that might start this sum­mer.

The classes will be or­gan­ised in all gov­ern­ment and gov­ern­ment-aided schools to im­prove the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion, an is­sue raised by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in his last meet­ing with HRD min­istry of­fi­cials.

“We have asked schools to con­duct ba­sic tests and as­sess the lev­els of stu­dents pro­moted re­cently. If there are weak stu­dents, re­me­dial classes will be held to en­sure they don’t lag be­hind,” said a se­nior HRD of­fi­cial. The classes might re­verse a down­ward trend in aca­demic per­for­mance, as cap­tured by the first sur­vey of learn­ing achieve­ment of class X stu­dents, con­ducted with a sam­ple of 277,000 stu­dents in 7,216 schools across 33 states or union ter­ri­to­ries.

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