Bridge course to improve students’ learning levels

For several years now, the department has been using the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks for Science and in the recent years, Commerce as well. Representational Image

With the academic year set to begin nearly a month earlier than previous years, several activities have been planned for the pre-university course students.

In the 2018-19 academic year, classes for the first PUC students are scheduled to begin on May 14 and for the second PUC on May 2. As a result, colleges will have one additional month for academic activities.

The Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE) will conduct a 15-day bridge course for the first PUC students, to make use of the extra time they are about to get.

“In some colleges, teachers would conduct such bridge courses on their own. However, this time it will be conducted statewide in all the PU colleges in a uniform pattern and subjectwise,” an official from the department said.

For several years now, the department has been using the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks for Science and in the recent years, Commerce as well.

The department has understood that students coming from state syllabus and rural schools find it difficult to cope with the NCERT syllabus.

“So, in these 15 days, important topics and basic concepts of the previous classes will be revised to prepare the students for the PU syllabus,” the official said.

This will be done for all the three streams — Science, Arts and Commerce.

Students who clear the SSLC supplementary examinations and those from other boards, such as the CBSE, ICSE, will join the PU colleges a little late.

So, even though the academic year starts early, teachers will start with the main PU syllabus only after the bridge course.

In addition to this, weekly practice sessions will be conducted for both, the first and second PUC students throughout the academic year.

These sessions will be conducted for one to two hours every week for those subjects which students find difficult.

Recently, the department had created chapter wise question banks. The department plans to use these banks during the practice sessions.

“This is mainly for the government PU colleges. We felt that students in rural areas do not usually practice after college hours. So giving them time to practice in class would improve their learning,” the official said.

Overall, the department expects the learning levels of students to improve with these measures.

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