Education dept directs schools to allow failed Class-9 pupils to sit in Class 10

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 09, 2014 13:19 IST

Following the latest circular of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the UT education department has directed all government schools to allow “failed” students of Class 9 to sit in Class 10 and hold them back in Class 9 if they fail to clear a special exam scheduled in July.

Approximately 4,400 out of 12,000 Class 9 students across 86 local government schools failed to secure mandatory 25% score in the written summative assessments (SAs) during 201314 session.

Subsequently, they were made to re-appear in an improvement exam held in the last week of April.

As the Hindustan Times reported on Wednesday, more than 50% of 4,400 Class 9 students, who reappeared for the improvement examination, failed to clear it.

Hallomajra Government High School topped the chart with its 195 out of 223 failing in the exam.

Till last week, all government schools were clear that all those who would fail in the reappear exam would be held back in the same Class.

However, the latest circular by the CBSE dated May 1 has created confusion after the board has given one more chance to these students.

In bid to bring clarity on this issue, the education de par tment has asked the schools to give these students provisional admission in Class 10, but demote them in case they again flunked in July.

“An official circular in this regard will be issued on Friday to all the schools,” said district education officer RK Sharma.

He added that the heads were being instructed to allow the failed students to sit in Class 10 and along with their regular studies these students must be given extra coaching for those subjects which they could not clear in the previous class.

“If these students again fail in July exam, they will certainly be held back. But thanks to the CBSE, these students have complete two months from now. With the efforts of teachers, they can really improve and clear Class 9,” said Sharma.

As per information, there are more than 2,300 such students who failed to clear the reappear exam. As inquired from the government schools, most of
these students had compartment in Mathematics and Science.

A gover nment school has said t hat t he y woul d try to give extra coaching to these students and hope that they clear the special exam in July.

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