In the recently concluded class 5 final examinations, the Punjab education department noticed that over 10,000 students failed to give the test in each of the five subjects.
The government re-introduced the examinations after a gap of five years to improve the education standard in the state.
This year, class 5 students were tested in English, Mathematics, Hindi, Punjab and Environment Science from February 27th to March 3.
For the mathematics paper, nearly 10,700 students failed to give the exam, close to 10,300 in English and around 10,100 in Hindi. The other papers too saw over 10,000 students failing to give the examination.
The education department will probe the reasons for the absence of so many students/
Sources in the department revealed that details of students, who missed the examination, are being collected. “Teachers of schools where large number of absentees were recorded have also been questioned,” said an official.
Director Public Instructions (DPI) Secondary Balbir Singh Dhol, who was also involved in co-ordinating the examination, said that around 4.7 per cent of students did not give any of the papers this year.
“It may seem small but 10,000 is still a large number. We will look into this in detail,” he said.
As per the Right to Education Act, no student was to be detained in any class till the eighth grade. The examination system too was discontinued after the implementation of this Act.
The Punjab government, however, recently took to re-introducing the examination system this year. Although, the students will be evaluated, no one will be failed in the class. The evaluation is expected to bring out the actual learning level among students of government schools.