Poor results in class 10 pre-boards prompt Delhi govt to draw up action plan
isodia has now asked deputy directors of education to compile a list of the 10 worst-performing schools in each zone, and prepare an action plan to boost class 10 performances.
Less than a third of class 10 students in government schools who attempted the pre-board exams have passed. And in some schools, the pass percentage is as low as 10%, according to data shared by the office of education minister Manish Sisodia.
Sisodia has now asked deputy directors of education to compile a list of the 10 worst-performing schools in each zone, and prepare an action plan to boost class 10 performances. The minister was reviewing the mid-term and pre-board results in government schools on Wednesday.
The minister asked the director of education to initiate action against specific subject teachers and their heads of schools where the results are “abysmally low”.
“I am concerned at such a low pass percentage in the pre-board exam and distressed to note that the pass percentage is as low as even below 10% in many schools...There cannot be any justifiable reason if schools are unable to support the learning of its students to the extent that not even 10% children are able to secure the minimum pass marks in each subject,” he said.
Around 92.44% students from government schools who took the Class 10 CBSE exams last year had managed to pass. But this year, only 31.5% of all the class 10 students who wrote the exams passed their pre-boards, and only 21.5% of these children had passed the mid-term exams.
This year, class 10 students will be attempting the board exams after a gap of almost nine years. Atishi Marlena, the advisor to Sisodia, said students had fallen out of practice in attempting exams for the entire year’s syllabus and needed to be trained.
“I believe board exams are a good thing but it should have been implemented in a staggered manner. There should have been an external exam with half the syllabus in the first year, and then increased it to the full annual syllabus in the next year,” said Marlena.
Rajeshwari Kapri, principal of the government girls senior secondary school in Sonia Vihar, said that only 30% of her students had cleared the exams with exceptionally poor results in mathematics and science. “We have no teachers to teach, so how will students learn? We got guest teachers only in January, but even these don’t seem highly trained or well-qualified,” she said.
Marlena said they would analyse the results subject wise, and see what interventions can be done to ensure better performances; for instance increasing the number of mathematics classes in a week, because many schools have reported poor results in the subject.
At Shaheed Hemu Kalani Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya in Lajpat Nagar, BK Sharma, the principal, said only a little over half their students had passed the pre-board exams in class 10, and the “tight marking” a major reason. “We have identified students who have scored less than 50% for remedial classes, where they will be given extra practice papers to help improve performance,” he said.