AS PER orders of the Director General School Education (DGSE) under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan (RMSA), a science fair for class 9 and 10 students of government schools was held at Government Senior Secondary School (Girls), Bharat Nagar Chowk, on Tuesday.
The fair which included preparation of models and quiz competition was held for the first time under RMSA but the teachers and students questioned the timing of organising such events when pre-board exams of class 10 students were going on and preparations were on for the coming board exams.
The orders to send three students constituting the model team and two students in quiz team from each school were sent on January 15 to the schools. The teachers said that it was extremely difficult to prepare models in five days.
The department itself did not expect good response to the science fair due to the ongoing exams. As a result, the arrangements fell short and the students were made to sit on the floor for quiz as chairs were less. Ludhiana shivered at 7 degree Celsius on Tuesday and the sun was not out. The students were seen shivering, unable to write their answers during the quiz.
Asked about the students sitting on the floor, Varinder Kaur, district science supervisor, said, “We were not expecting such huge response as 208 students participated in the quiz. For the screening test, we had no option but to make students sit on the floor.”
A teacher on the condition of anonymity, who came with his team, said, “My two class 10 students have missed today’s pre-board exam to participate in this fair. It was a good initiative but it is not logical to hold it when preparations are on for board exams.”
Another teacher told Newsline, “The orders said that it is compulsory for class 10 students to participate. Although some schools missed the fair, we were expected to be here as per the DGSE letter. There were no sitting arrangements. Students themselves brought the benches from the terrace. They were not given any refreshments.” The teachers also said that the fair was organised in a rush to spend RMSA funds before March 31.
Out of three themes given to prepare models, as many as 148 models were prepared on “Swachh Bharat” by the students and 138 were based on “Mathematics and Everyday Life”. Another 135 entries were on “Science For Global Sustainability”.
AS PER orders of DGSE dated January 16, students were discouraged to use thermocol for making models. The orders stated that ‘students should use plywood, cardboard, iron, paddy straw’ etc for making models as thermocol is harmful for environment. At science fair, the models made from thermocol were not considered for competition, said Varinder Kaur, district science supervisor.
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