The Gujarat education department has planned to include private schools in the annual evaluation drive, Gunotsav, this year. The drive, which got delayed due to local body elections, is scheduled to be held from January 7-9, the department revealed during a presentation to cabinet ministers here on Tuesday. The department’s move comes in the wake of declining state board results. The Class X results of the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB), recorded since 2004, plummeted to the lowest pass percentage of 54.42 per cent in the academic session 2014-2015. What’s more, even this percentage could be achieved only after giving 25 grace marks.
Besides, Class VI-VIII students will undergo reading and writing test during the evaluation drive this time round. Till now, such a test was limited to Class V only. During the previous Gunotsav, it was revealed that the students of upper primary classes (Class VI to VIII) fail to read and write simple sentences.
The sixth season of the three-day long evaluation drive across the state, approved by the cabinet meeting Tuesday, will cover over 34,000 government and grant-in-aid primary schools. It is also expected to add nearly 7,000 self-financed schools affiliated to the GSHSEB.
Sources revealed that the idea to include private schools under the evaluation drive has come up after analysing the poor performance of students in the state board examinations. “The department is of the view that though the performance of government schools is tracked, there is no such provision for the self-financed schools. Further, the performance of government school students is not very encouraging. This time, efforts are also made to include MPs,” revealed a senior official of the education department.
The recent Gunotsav results – covering 34,237 primary schools — revealed a total of 1,670 schools graded under the lowest D grade while 4,776 were graded C. The maximum were under B grade (1,5799 schools), followed by grade A (11,134 schools) and the least under A+ grade (858 schools). This covered a total of 45.46 lakh students, 79.29 per cent out of a total of 57.36 lakh students.
Last year, the state education department had expanded the evaluation drive to grant-in-aid and self-financed secondary schools as well. Besides government primary schools, the evaluation of nearly 10 lakh students from government and private secondary schools affiliated to the GSHSEB was conducted across the state.
The Gunotsav is a combination of both internal and external evaluation. It is done by serving and retired IAS, IPS and IFS officers, class I officers at the secretariat and Head of Departments, class I and II staff of the district education office, university vice-chancellors and professors, retired education officers, District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) principals, education inspectors and principals of secondary and higher secondary school and colleges. This time, the choice of schools for the officials is also limited to the ones that were chosen during the enrolment drive, Praveshotsav. Thus, the officials who went to a particular school during the enrolment drive will cover the same for Gunotsav as well.
The internal evaluation (reading, writing and mathematics) is being conducted of all students from Class II till V on an optical mark reader (OMR) sheet which is filled by the external evaluators based on the students’ performance. It is a multiple-choice-questions-based examination for students from Class VI till VIII. This is followed by the external evaluation where nearly 30 per cent of schools are covered by senior officials who visit different schools to assess and grade them.