Testing time for students and officers

Education Dept authorities edgy over outcome of SSLC exam

The district stood 30th in the State, in terms of the resutls last year. Faced with the daunting task of increasing the performance, the Education department swung into action at the beginning of the academic year itself. As the examination nears, officers are on tenterhooks on the outcome of their year-long efforts.

Kolar stood 24th in the State in 2007-08 and the rank went down to 29 the next year. It further sank to 30th rank in 2009-10 calling for immediate remedial measures.

As many as 56 schools (including 13 private schools) with less than 50 per cent results were given in adoption to 12 officers of the Education department.

Deputy Director of Public Instruction had took six schools of Bangarpet taluk under his control. Five block education officers took responsibility of the schools in their official jurisdiction. Students who lagged in studies were adopted by teachers of respective schools.

Preparatory exam

Social Welfare department too chipped in with the unique initiative of district-level officers adopting a hostel each. The programme came to an end in January.

Zilla panchayat and Education department jointly brought out ‘Spoorthy,” a manual on qualitative result, specially for headmasters. It contained several guidelines to be followed to increase the performance. A chapter-wise question bank too was published in November.

While special attention was paid to lessons up to January, focus was shifted to examination skills since January first week. A meeting of headmasters has been held twice to review the results of district-level preparatory examinations.

Improvement expected

Examination nodal officer A N Nagendraprasad is upbeat on the outcome. “We have made all efforts beyond our means. There will certainly be improvement in results this year,” he said.

However, the enthusiasm is not shared by everyone. According to a teacher any reformation in SSLC performance is “improbable.” The teacher, who has taught in night schools felt that the results may go up a little in rural schools but not in urban areas.
Perhaps, only time has the answer.

Exam seekers

TALUK                              STUDENTS    CENTRES

Kolar                                 6,954             24
Mulbagal                           4,339             11
Bangarpet                         4,129            12
Kolar Gold Fields                3,983            15
Malur                                  3,771           11
Srinivaspur                         3,557           12

TOTAL                               26,733           85

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