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Unable to clear Class IX entrance test, 4,000 students stare at dropping out

Uncertain future: To control rush, govt conducts entrance test; 48 per cent students failed.

Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi | Published: September 22, 2014 1:18 am
Schools that serve as polling booths have to be ready for the elections. ( Express file ) According to figures released by the department, 4,400 of the 9,189 students failed the exam. ( Express file )

Thousands of students who wanted to take admission in Class IX in the capital’s government schools are now facing the prospect of dropping out entirely, after 48 per cent of them failed to clear an entrance test conducted by the Education department.

Pointing to “difficulty to adjust non-plan students” and the “huge crunch for space”, the Education department had conducted three entrance tests this year for non-plan students. According to figures released by the department, 4,400 of the 9,189 students failed the exam.

“All students who had been promoted from Class VIII in all government schools and unaided recognised schools attached in Admission Plan have been given admission. Although the Directorate of Education (DoE) is facing a huge crunch for space, finding it difficult to adjust non-plan students, the department has already conducted three entrance tests for admission to Class IX,” the letter written by DoE, and accessed by Newsline, states.

“In the first test conducted on May 2, 2,224 of the 4,312 students passed. The second test was conducted on July 23 for the remaining students. In that, 1,527 of the 3,517 students passed. To take care of the remaining, the DoE conducted a third and final entrance test on August 19, where 1,045  of 1,360 passed,” the letter states.

A 15-year-old girl from Loni, Uttar Pradesh, however, made it to a school despite having not cleared the test. After clearing Class VIII, she was denied admission in several government schools on the grounds that she had not appeared for the entrance test. Eventually, she was granted admission on account of her disability and a High Court order. But, for most others who did not clear the test, dropping out of school has become the only option.

According to DoE officials, there are around 2,00,000 students in each class. Another  2,72,000 students in Class IX has put added pressure on the space and resources of schools.

“Till Class VIII, schools have a policy of no detention under RTE. So they can’ fail students. As a result, an unprecedented number of students have been coming to Class IX. Sadly, not all are qualified for it. We thought of conducting an entrance test so that students are encouraged to study and we can check the ability of students getting admission into Class IX,” Padmini Singla, director, DoE, said.

“Also we can’t deny admission to students from our schools. The government has limited resources, so this was the only option. By the end of the third test, there were only 300-odd students we were not able to accommodate,” Singla claimed.

“Private schools are trying to push non-performing students into government schools, especially after Class VIII. This is another reason for the rush,” she claimed.

“Most of these children belong to poor, migrant families. Even if one argues that the state doesn’t have enough resources, or quality of education is not up to the mark till Class VIII, resulting in him failing in Class IX, it is not the mistake of the child. It is the state’s mistake,” Khagesh Jha, from the Social Jurist, a lawyer’s collective working on education, said.

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    Jacob Vargese
    Apr 20, 2015 at 3:14 pm
    no test for admission to cl9th.The DoE has changed its policy for admission to cl 9th and will not conduct any test.Admissions will be granted based on availability of seats,stated a recent DoE circular...it is very appreciable because weaker section stdnts have no access of high tech study tips and finally they were pushed back the entrance test and lost the chance tp persue their higher studies in Govt schools and colleges.This moves are welcomed and i salute Edu.Minister M.Sisodia
    1. S
      Sep 22, 2014 at 8:30 pm
      The society need different quality persons, so having a degree is anadvantage, but not the only guarantee for success. More important isknowlegde and experience and here is the starting point for all. If astudent have the natural possibility in learning, it is all good, but ifone can manage the same with his experience, less theorical, it is alsogood enough. This means, all students must get his/her own opportunityin learning. Very important is to be a honest member of the society.Try to found out, who are the biggest cheater in Bharat at present?
      1. K
        Karen Wilson
        Sep 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm
        It's symptomatic of the larger malaise we see in India. Hard work, honesty and integrity are not touted as values for people to cherish. Shortcuts for success, even if unethical, are encouraged by people--social differentiation not withstanding. Teachers don't teach; kids don't study and education is more of a business: From primary schools to top colleges. Even academic research is polluted to pursue narrow ends.There's something seriously wrong here. Indians need to set their priorities right.
        1. R
          Sep 22, 2014 at 11:11 pm
          Just because there is nodetention system, students and teachers alike are becoming careless and lazy. In many countries this system is working well why in India it is not working? I. Think major flaw is on teachers. Regular essments, oral tests, home works and periodi cal cl tests are given gradesa and any one getting less than E grade may be debarred from school.
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            RK Handa
            Sep 22, 2014 at 8:57 am
            If nothing works and students cannot get admission to cl IX ,there shall not be a full stop after this disappointing milestone. Let the students who do not make it to higher cles be trained in some skills,profession or vocational programme. Department of Education, various insutes of vocational education and industry at large should collectively share. This responsibility.Of all these,industry will have to play a major role.Topics of social responsibility of industry are taught in BBA and MBA with house focus on them,let these issues not remain confined into academic realms only,these should be translated into practical exposures. Industry is doing its bit,but more is required...
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