The Director General School Education (DGSE) has asked government schools in Punjab to download question papers for term examinations to be held for classes VI to X from the Internet. This has resulted in widespread criticism,as the exams are scheduled to begin from September 13. The Punjab master cadre union a union of government school teachers has termed it to be a decision that is not in favour of students.
According to norms,the DGSE office sends printed question papers to the schools prior to examinations. But on August 29,the DGSE has asked the schools to download question papers of six subjects Punjabi,mathematics,science,English,social studies and Hindi and get them printed or photocopied at their own level.
School authorities have also been told that if photocopying the question papers was not possible,then the questions can be written down on the black boards during examinations. The question papers will be sent on the emails of the school incharge or any authorised teacher.
When contacted,Master Cadre Unions Nanwashahr district president Harminder Singh Uppal said: This decision is not viable as weak students would focus more on writing their questions from the black board instead of solving the same. If they want actual assessment of students,then question papers must be supplied by the DGSE office well before the exam.
He added: In rural areas,most schools face infrastructural problems as computers with Internet facility,printers and photocopiers are not available. Then there is the problem of electricity. The problem is acute in government schools situated in far-flung areas. Moreover,this will result in additional financial burden on the schools,which hardly have any source of income.
ANJU AGNIHOTRI CHABA