Education Dept chalks out exam strategy for teachers

Officer hopes for better position for district at this years SSLC exam

A little extra effort by heads of high schools may take Kolar district from its 8th position to the next place in the list of top 10 districts with highest pass percentage in SSLC examination, Education Officer A N Nagendraprasad said at a workshop in Kolar on Wednesday.

Heads from various high schools in the district took part in the workshop organised by the Public Instruction Department to discuss methods to achieve excellent results in the SSLC examination. He elaborated the significance of preparations months before the annual examination.

Group study

He suggested that in each class, the students can be divided into study groups which each comprising  a highest scorer, an average and two slow learners.

The peer-groups should help each other in learning the subjects through discussions. It helps slow-learners understand the subject better, he said.

Revision

“Only 95 days are left for the examination and by now, the teachers should have ideally completed their syllabus and be conducting revision of the lessons,” Nagendraprasad said.

But several schools are yet to complete teaching the syllabus and they would not complete the  classes even a weak before the examination, he said. The teachers need to plan meticulously for completing the syllabus by December, which would enable them revise the lessons and prepare the students well for the examinations.

No to guides

“Several students and teachers resort to short-cut to get highest score by referring to guides and digests,” he said. “Such practice should be discouraged.”

The students should be told to read textbooks which would enable them have a comprehensive understanding of the subject and confidently attend questions which are framed based on any lessons of the textbooks, added.

Teachers’ efforts

Nagendraprasad took a dig at teachers and heads of institutes for poor show that leads to poor performance by their students in the annual examination.

“As many heads, like their students, would be in hurry to rush back home soon after the school hours, they ignore taking special classes for the slow-learners. The lack of enthusiasm to hold the special coaching deprives the school of a chance to get good results,” Nagendraprasad said.

If the head of institute, whom others look for inspiration, is apathetic, other teachers will also show no interest, he said. In many schools the special coaching classes are mentioned only in the timetable, while class leader takes classes for other students, he added.

“We have a list of schools which are not conducting special classes after the school hours,” he said.

Besides, the preparatory examinations, meant to train the students to prepare well by improving on the subjects in which they are weak, are only an eyewash. For, teachers are not interested in assessing the performance of the students and don’t take these preparatory examinations seriously, he said.

The school receives poor results not because its students are bad, but that its teachers have not tried their best to prepare the children for the examination, Nagendraprasad said.

Deputy Director H D Govindaiah inaugurated the workshop in which Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan district deputy co-ordinator Jayaramareddy, District Education and Training Institute Director Mohammed Bashir, subject inspector C R Ashok and Headmaster
Somanna were present on the occasion.

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