DGSE tells schools to hold supplementary exams
LUDHIANA: Director general school education Ashok Singla has asked government schools to conduct supplementary exams for Class-9 students who had failed to clear up to two subjects in their first semester.
Though the move is a welcome one as it will give students a chance to clear the exam instead of being declared passed or failed on the basis of their percentage of marks in both semesters, it has come too late – only two weeks before the Class-9 second-semester exams.
“The DGSE’S sudden decision has confused teachers; now students who have backlog in the first-semester Class-9 exam have to take the exam again,” a government schoolteacher said. “If we inform students now, it will be more of a burden on them as they have to prepare for clearing the supplementary exam as well as the second semester exam that starts from March 10.”
“The idea is to increase the pass percentage of Class-9 students and bring down the dropout rate,” deputy state project director of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan Vijay Kaushal said. “At present, the dropout rate of Class9 students is more than 10%. To bring it down, we have decided to give students a chance. Earlier, students whose aggregate in both semesters was below the cut- off didn’t get a chance to clear the exams and had to repeat the class. Now, the students who have backlog in the Class-9 first-semester or second-semester exams, will get time to clear the exams till the last semester of Class 10.”
The subject teachers will prepare the question papers for the first-semester Class-9 supplementary exams.