After failing in their annual exam, about 1,500 class IX students in city government schools have also failed to clear a second exam, called the Improvement of Performance (IOP) exam, which was specially held in order to give them an extra chance to earn a promotion to the next class.
These students, who could not get the minimum 25 per cent marks, will now be detained in class IX. Unlike last year, the Central Board of School Education will not give them a third chance this time.
Last year, 12,523 students had appeared in the class IX exams. Of them, 4,469 failed. About 3,000 students failed in the second chance which was given to them by way of IOP exam. After the third chance, around 2,000 students were detained.
Last year, most of the students had failed in science, mathematics and English. However, this time, the number of students failing in social sciences, Hindi and Punjabi had also increased, sources said.
The annual exam was held in March and 13,894 students from government schools had appeared. As many as 3,796 of them failed. The second exam was held after one month.
CBSE Regional Officer R K Khanderao said the students were given two extra chances last year because it was the first year of the new exam system. “This time, we have already given them one extra chance, and those who failed in that as well will be detained,” Khanderao said.
Teachers attribute the high rate of failure in class IX to the new system and the ‘no detention policy’ until class VIII.
Like CBSE, the school heads are also not in favour of giving the students a third chance this time. If some students cannot clear the exam in two chances even after one year of preparations, they cannot make up in the third chance after one month, they argue.
Asked about steps being considered to rectify the situation, Education Secretary Sarvjit Singh said, “About 1,000 new teachers will join shortly. Also, to provide better and uniform education content, digital teaching aids will be installed in all classes this year. We hope to get better results with these facilities.”
The city has 83 government schools. Sources said Government Senior Secondary School, Mauli Jagran; Government Model High School, Vikas Nagar; Government Model Senior Secondary School, 38(W); GMSSS 45 and the GHS, Mauli Colony, have reported the worst results this year as well.
All about SA and FA
1. The new exam system for class IX was introduced by the CBSE in the 2013-2014 academic year.
2. Under the old system, a student’s performance was judged by cumulative scores from two summative assessments (SAs) and four formative assessments (FA) in each subject. Formative assessments are the unit tests taken in the classroom while summative assessments are the exams held after each term.
3. In the new system, a student has to obtain a minimum of 15 marks out of 60 in each SA in every subject. Formative assessments are not given as much importance. If a student fails to get 25 per cent marks in any subject in the first SA, he can make up for the shortfall in the second SA. But if he can’t do it, he is declared failed.
4. Students also have to ensure attendance in both the SAs. In case a student is unable to sit for the exam due to illness in SA-1, he will have to reappear for the exam by October 31. No such concession is given in SA-2. Also, if a student fails in SA-2, he will be declared passed only if the total of marks in SA-1 and SA-2 is more than 25 per cent.