English, along with social studies (SS), are the subjects in which the students in the state have been failing the most. In Punjab, education officials often refer to English as “Waterloo” even for students who are otherwise better in other subjects.
These evaluation exams conducted by State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) in Punjab were started in 2016 after noticing that due to no-detention policy under Right to Education Act (RTE), the education standards were declining and affecting Class 10 board results.
According to the report, 85 per cent Class 1 students failed to successfully write the entire English alphabet, and 80 per cent among them failed to recognise numbers 1 to 20, while 82 per cent failed to write the Punjabi alphabet.
Members of Punjab Government School Headmasters Association on Wednesday accused state Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka of being biased against them when it came to promoting them as principals
To ensure that the teacher-student ratio is maintained at their schools,so that they are not transferred to other schools where there is a shortage of teachers, those working in government schools have resorted to dummy admissions