The state government wants to rescue academically weak students, education minister Vinod Tawde announced at the Hindustan Times Top Schools Conclave 2015. The plan: To provide skill-development courses for students who fail in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams.
To end the stigma attached to students failing the board exams, from next year, none of the students will be considered to have failed in the SSC exams, said Tawde.
“Those who fail SSC will qualify for skill-development; their mark-sheets will simply say ‘passed SSC for skill-development’, while for the others it will be ‘passed SSC for Class 11’,” said Tawde.
Students who are unable to pass the March exam and the consequent re-exam will be sent for a counselling session conducted by the government. They will be enrolled in skill-development courses, according to their aptitude. These courses will be job oriented and conducted over two years.
“This move will benefit close to 60,000 students who fail the SSC exams every year,” said Tawde.
“It will give them a chance to explore their strengths and pursue a career in that.”
Tawde said if students are stopped from failing exams, it will also bring down the city’s crime rate.
“According to a crime report, students who fail in exams, stay home and take to drinking and other bad habits. They then resort to crimes such as chain snatching to fund these habits,” said Tawde.
This thought urged the government to introduce re-exams in July for students who failed SSC exams in March this year. “Around 57,000 students passed the SSC re-exams in the results announced in August and this saved their academic year,” said Tawde.
Commenting on the no-fail policy that might be scrapped soon, Tawde said the schools misconstrued it to mean they should not conduct exams. “The Right to Education Act says don’t detain students, it doesn’t say don’t hold exams,” said Tawde. “Schools and teachers oversimplified it to mean that there shouldn’t be exams.”
Schools are also not conducting remedial classes after school hours or during vacations
for academically weak students as required by the Act, he said.
“Some schools tried to hold remedial classes for students in the summer break, but parents refused to send their children saying they had booked tickets to visit their native places,” said Tawde. “And in cases where parents were keen on sending their students, the teachers had holiday plans.”