As The students and teachers expressed shock over the low scores in mathematics and science this year,academicians say that a poor show in these subjects is a wake-up call for our education system. Education in subjects like science and maths,which should be more practical and concept-oriented,is being taught only through techniques to get higher marks,they say.
This year 72.28 per cent students passed in mathematics,which is 8.82 per cent lower than the marks scored last year. In science too,passing percentage went down by 5.57 per cent with 87.39 per cent students passing the subject.
Prakash of Bhaskaracharya Pratishtan,which imparts training for mathematics competition like Olympiad,said,While doing a study,we realised that though many mathematics teachers are science graduates,they didnt study mathematics in the graduation or post-graduation level. How can a person who hasnt studied mathematics at a higher level teach well? S C Agarkar of Homi Bhaba Centre for Science Education,Mumbai,said coaching classes and colleges,which are following what they called Latur Patterns,are interested only in marks. They only talk about and teach techniques to get marks,while science is all about practical and conceptual understanding. This years low result is a wake-up call for us.
A mathematics teacher at a PMC school on condition of anonymity said,Im not surprised at the results at all. When was there time to conduct revisions and organise mock paper solving sessions? We were all busy in census work in that crucial period. We couldnt do enough of these things this year,which are really necessary for a complex subject like mathematics.
Heres a 150/150
Beating the dismal trend around her,Vaishnavi Anand Radkar,a student of Dr. Shamrao Kalmadi High School scored a perfect 150 out of 150 marks in maths. Also,she got an impressive 95.09 per cent overall. Maths is my favourite subject . I enjoy solving problems and did a lot of practice to avoid committing silly mistakes.