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Class 10 pre-board exams: Teachers in 120 govt schools given notice over poor results

Out of 1,34,200 students who appeared for the exams, only 42,224 students passed.

delhi Updated: Feb 16, 2018 12:10 IST
Heena Kausar
Heena Kausar
Hindustan Times
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Education minister Manish Sisodia has asked education department officials to compile a list of 10 worst performing schools in each zone after reviewing midterm and pre-board results. (Burhaan Kinu/HT file)

Teachers of at least 120 government schools have been served show-cause notices by the government after only about 31% students who appeared in the Class 10 pre-board exam passed.

The administration has asked the schools to give reasons for the bad performance, and has directed them to prepare an action plan, including subject specific classes, till the Class 10 CBSE Board exams begin on March 5.

“We still have about twenty days before the exams start so the schools have been asked to make subject specific plan to focus on problem areas in which students scored badly,” said Atishi Marlena, advisor to education minister Manish Sisodia.

Marlena added that most students have failed in Mathematics and English. “Classes will also be held during breaks between exams so that teachers can focus on specific subjects and important topics,” she said.

She said action will be taken against teachers if their replies are not found to be satisfactory.

According to data shared by the office of Manish Sisodia, last year, 92.44% students who appeared for the Class 10 CBSE Board exams passed. This year, only 31.5% of students who appeared for pre-board exams passed, and only 21.5% passed the midterm exams.

Out of 1,34,200 students who appeared for the pre-board exams, only 42,224 students passed. Out of 1,37,523 students who appeared for the midterm exams, only 29,501 students passed.

The pass percentage in some schools was as low as 10%.

This year, Class 10 students will be attempting the board exams after a gap of nine years.

Sisodia has asked deputy directors of education to compile a list of 10 worst performing schools in each zone after reviewing the midterm and pre-board results in schools.

He has asked the director of education to initiate action against specific subject teachers and their heads of schools where the results are “abysmally low.”

Marlena said that the bad performance cannot be blamed on students or the no-detention policy that mandates the annual promotion of all students from Classes 1 to 8 regardless of their academic performance. “It would be wrong to blame the no-detention policy for bad results. Students do not have to take exams till Class 8. But they cannot get promoted to Class 10 unless they clear Class 9 exams. So only those are promoted who know their subject well. There has to be accountability for why results are so bad and only teachers can explain this because we have invested a lot in training them,” she said.

First Published: Feb 15, 2018 23:46 IST