Seven schools to have Tulu as optional language from June

Puttur Block Education Officer (BEO) has initiated Tulu Siri programme to create awareness among schools in Puttur BEO limits to introduce Tulu as optional subject for the academic year 2015-16.

Tulu was introduced as third optional language for Class VI in 2010-11 and Class VII in 2011-12. It has been introduced for Class VIII in 2012-13 and Class IX from 2013-14.

The first batch which wrote SSLC exam was in 2014-15. However, there has been lukewarm response to the introduction of Tulu as optional language in undivided Dakshina Kannada district.

Speaking to Deccan Herald,  Puttur BEO Shashidhar said Tulu was the language of the soil. In spite of State government introducing Tulu as optional subject, there were few takers. Hence, it was decided to motivate schools to introduce the subject.

Accordingly, Tulu will be introduced as optional subject in seven high schools from June. The schools include Government Junior College, Kombettu; Government Junior College, Uppinangady; Government High School at Papemajalu; Sri Durgamba Junior College, Alankar; Government High School, Kabaka; and Ramakunjeshwara English medium school.

The subject will be introduced in Class X in three high schools. The schools have already given the indent for textbooks, he added.

“We will also write to Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy seeking to provide teachers to teach Tulu,” the BEO said.

Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy Registrar Chandrahas Rai said the Academy had 1,000 textbooks for the students. If any school comes forward to officially introduce Tulu as third language for students, the Academy will supply textbooks free of cost.

“The Academy has purchased textbooks from the Textbook Society. It has given indent for another 1,000 textbooks, so that Tulu will be made popular among the students. The Academy will extend all support to schools in introducing Tulu as optional subject.”

SSLC results
Stating that Mission 95 Plus initiated in the Puttur BEO limits to improve the pass percentage in SSLC has yielded results, the BEO said the Mission had borne good results.

Accordingly, there has been increase in the results by 10 per cent. Last year, 1,144 students had failed in the SSLC examination in Puttur BEO limits while this year, it has come down to 600.

At the same time, all the students whose houses were visited under ‘Mane Mana Bheti’ programme, have passed in the exam. The teachers had visited around 300 houses. The 11 schools which had introduced night class programmes, has seen drastic improvement in the results in the SSLC.

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