With the aim of better results in Class 10, the state education department had started remedial teaching last year, for the students of Class 8 who had scored ‘D’ and ‘E’ grade in mathematics and science in the final exams.
n Jalandhar district, as many as 2,518 students were identified and were given coaching, but the results show no improvement in the score. The data gathered from sources in the district education department show that out of 2,518 students, more than 1,000 have scored ‘D’ and ‘E’ grades this time as well.
Under the remedial teaching program, three tests ‘pre-term’, ‘mid-term’ and ‘ post-term’ were taken. Looking at the pre-term and post-term, a little improvement is seen.
In mathematics preterm, not even a single student had got an ‘A;’ while 2,495 students had scored ‘D’ and ‘E.’ And in post-term that was conducted in February, 35 students were able to score ‘A’ grade and a total of 1,133 students got ‘D’ and ‘E’ grade.
In science pre-term exam, none of the students got an ‘A’ grade, while 2,486 out of 2,518 got ‘D’ and ‘E;’ in post-term, 39 students scored an ‘A.’
Officials and teachers are terming it an achievement, as compared to the pre-term.
Notably, such steps were taken by the department to improve the Class 10 results, which have always embarrassed the state with poor passing-percentage. In 2015, PSEB Class 10 results showed worse results with the overall pass percentage being 68.
Barnala and Jalandhar district were had the lowest pass percentage of 51.2 and 55.2, respectively. Following this, the education department had sought details of reasons from the schools for the poor performance. In 2016, the overall passing percentage was 72.25.
Officials said that under the No Detention Policy formulated in 2009, as mandated by the Right to Education Act, students cannot be failed till Class 8. Hence, they are passed anyway.
This lead to poor performance in senior classes.