DGSE tells schools to hold sup­ple­men­tary ex­ams

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Deepa Sharma Sood deepa. sharma@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

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.

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