Not all city schools fail students in Class 9 for better results in Class 10. Several city schools have been conducting extra classes to help academically weak students long before the Right to Education (RTE) Act recommended remedial teaching.
In the remedial lessons at Rajhans School, Andheri, one teacher handles a group of four students. "Children with attention problems respond well to personal attention. The same concept is taught multiple times until the weak students grasp it," said Deepshikha Srivastav, principal of the school.
Thakur Vidya Mandir at Kandivali east organises activity-based remedial lessons for students rather passive classroom teaching. To encourage an under-achiever, Hiranandani Foundation School, Powai, assigns a mentor to each student. "A committed teacher is assigned to mentor the student whose job is to identify problem areas, re-teach key concepts and motivate the student," said Kalyani Patnaik, principal.
"The performance of most scholastically backward students can be improved by simple classroom techniques, while a few may require therapy," said Dr Samir Dalwai, developmental paediatrician at Sion Hospital.