State students put up a dismal show in the first exam conducted by State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan for class IX students based on class VIII syllabus.
On average,40 per cent students scored less than 16 marks out of 50 in the state. The SCERT has decided to handout self-study books and special teachers training to improve their performance.
A state-level exam was conducted by SCERT on July 26 in all government-run secondary schools,Ashram shala (residential school for tribals),Zila Parishad schools,municipal council-run and municipal corporation run schools.
The exam was conducted for three subjects Marathi,English and mathematics for 50 marks each. The questions were based on the curriculum of class VIII. Of the 1,452 schools in which the exam was conducted,the strength of Class IX students stands at 94,530.
The number of students who appeared for the exam include 74,127 students in Marathi,74,437 in English and 73,479 in
SCERT and D.T.Ed officials evaluated the answer-sheets. The students who scored between 35 and 50 marks were given A grade,from 17 and 34 grade B and between 0 and 16 marks C grade.
The number of students who have scored 16 or less than 16 marks in the exam are 22,375 in Marathi,24,247 in English and 46,888 in mathematics. The self-study books will cover the syllabus of class IX and X and will be given to all students who scored less than 35 marks,said SCERT officials.
The teachers will also be given special training to help the students. Another exam will be held in December or January to check the improvement in students.
When a student is failed,his morale goes down. Teachers should ensure that the student learns what he is being taught in a particular class, said Nilesh Borate,educational activist. Matin Mujawar,another education activist,said action against teachers should be taken for the dismal performance of the students.
The private school students will fare better because teachers teach well in private schools. In government schools,the teachers take advantage of the RTE and dont teach. If there is fear of punishment,the teachers will teach better, said Mujawar.