Rain and frosty weather failed to dampen the spirit of government school students as 905 students appeared in the district-level maths and science olympiad held at two centres on Wednesday.
However, a total of 970 students had cleared the block-level olympiad and only 905 students appeared in the test at Government Senior Secondary School for boys, Jawahar Nagar and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University.
Talking to Hindustan Times, district science supervisor Varinder Kaur said, "Despite rain and cold weather, the students managed to reach the centres and we started the olympiad at 10am."
She added, "We have started the table marking of the OMR sheets and at state-level, 20 students of Class 8 and 10 will participate from our district. The state-level olympiad will be held at Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala, on January 23."
She added around 65 students were absent and the reason behind it was announcement of holidays for the students of nursery to Class 8. However, deputy commissioner allowed us to conduct the olympiad.
The idea of conducting the olympiad is to help the students of government schools to develop a better understanding of the two crucial subjects.
Earlier, they test was subjective but this was the first time that it was objective and students had to reply using OMR sheets, Kaur said.
A student of Class 8, at condition of anonymity, said, "The paper was very easy today and I will score good marks. If I score maximum marks than I will able to participate at the state-level and will get an opportunity to interact with other students of Punjab."
The test was conducted for two hours and the question paper had 100 multiple choice questions, of which 40 questions were from science, 40 from mathematics and 20 were based on general knowledge (traffic rules, drug de-addiction, moral values).