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Maharashtra: Now, crash courses to help students perform better in exams

Specially-designed crash courses will be conducted for students from classes 2 to 5, who have low academic achievements. These courses would help them catch up with the rest of the class before exams.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2014 22:32 IST
Puja Pednekar

From the coming year, the Maharashtra school education department has planned to lend a helping hand to underperforming students of government schools. Specially-designed crash courses will be conducted for students from classes 2 to 5, who have low academic achievements. These courses would help them catch up with the rest of the class before exams.

Students, who require special tutoring, will be indentified through a proposed skills test on January 5. The test will be held across 53,000 schools in the state.

Students, whose performance would be below-average in the tests, will participate in the crash course, which will be completed by the end of March, before the final exams of the current academic year.

“A core team of experts will use a special curriculum that focuses on improving reading, writing and maths skills to train students,” said NK Jarag, director, Maharashtra State Council for Educational Research and Training (MSCERT). “We have placed the proposal before the government and our waiting for their approval.”

A pilot project was conducted last year in selected areas of the state. Now, the MSCERT has proposed implementing the project across the entire state.

The non-government organisation, Pratham, working with the government on the initiative, is training teachers and preparing a core team. “Students do too much of rote memorisation these days. The role of the teacher has also become passive,” said Farida Lambay, co-founder of the NGO. “We will provide cluster-based training and the objective is to help teachers play a more active role in teaching.”

“Such projects create discrimination between private and government schools. These courses make people feel that our school students’ performances are not as good as those in private schools,” said Ramesh Joshi, head of the civic school teachers’ union.

He said that the union is thinking of challenge this discrimination in the court. “A few years back, the then government had introduced baseline tests only for public schools and we had challenged it in court.”

Helping Hand
* The special crash course will focus on activity-based learning

* The objective is to identify the students’ problems and help them overcome them

* It gives teachers a more proactive role in improving students’ academic performances

* The initiative has come at a time when the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) has recommended a review of the ‘no-detention policy’ up to Class 8

* The board had found that the policy allowing automatic promotions was having a detrimental effect on some students

* The findings were also recently corroborated, when an achievement survey conducted by the MSCERT, which recorded poor standards of mathematics and language learning among students.