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Coming soon: Ratings for Govt schools

THE EDUCATION Department is all set to introduce a four-grade system ?A,B,C & D? in primary and upper primary government schools to ensure their round-the-year evaluation and monitoring on the lines of the Central schools.

india Updated: May 19, 2006 01:31 IST

THE EDUCATION Department is all set to introduce a four-grade system ‘A,B,C & D’ in primary and upper primary government schools to ensure their round-the-year evaluation and monitoring on the lines of the Central schools.

The ratings (gradations) will be based on the academic performance of the students, teaching standards, enrolment, attendance and even cleanliness at the schools. As for the students, there will be quarterly unit tests too, instead of just the one half yearly and then annual examination.

Twenty-five per cent of the marks obtained in these quarterly evaluations will be added to the marks obtained by the student in the final examination, thereby ensuring that the student takes interest in his studies through out the year.

The Education Department has sent a circular effecting this change in system to the Basic Shiksha Adhikaris and other officials concerned across the state. To begin with, the first unit test will be held on September and gradation of the schools will be done the very next month.

The grading will be done on a scale of 100 marks. The total break up will be like this: 55 marks for performance of the students in the quarterly unit test and examination, 20 marks for standard of education (for teachers), 15 marks for enrolment and attendance of students, 5 marks for community participation and remaining 5 marks for the overall condition of the schools.

Grading will be done on the basis of total marks scored by the schools. Schools will be awarded Grade A if they score between 75-100, Grade B for 60-74, C for 50-59 and Grade D for 35-49.

The schools will have to display the grade awarded to them outside the building for everybody to see.

Explains Partha Sarthi Sen Sharma, additional state project director, UPEFA:

“This pragmatic approach will help us in identifying schools that are not doing well.

Special emphasis would be given to them so that they may do well in the future.

Quarterly unit test will also help in identifying the weaker students of the schools. Such weak students will be put into remedial classes.”

“Besides half-yearly and final examinations, students of government primary and upper primary schools will have to appear in three quarterly unit tests. The grading and unit tests will take place in all the schools with a student base of 2.11 crore between class I to VIII. We are convinced that grading of the schools and unit tests together will help the schools to improve,” he said.

What’s more! Students studying in the government schools may now hope for better facilities and more conducive atmosphere to study. Reason: The present system will encourage community participation for the successful functioning of the schools.