Poorly performing schools are poorly equipped: Official report

Dearth Of Subject-Specific Teachers, Lack Of Infrastructure Reasons For Dismal Performance Of Govt Schools

SYED RIZWAN GEELANI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Apr 25 2018 11:25PM | Updated Date: Apr 25 2018 11:25PM
Poorly performing schools are poorly equipped: Official reportFile Photo

Poor attendance of students, dearth of subject-specific teachers and lack of infrastructure are the reasons for poor performance of students from government schools. This has been stated in a report by a team of officials in the school education department, which was constituted to ascertain the reasons behind poor performance of schools in class 10 and 12 exams.

“The department had involved people from DIETs and other officials to ascertain the reasons,” an official who was part of the committee said.

The team has submitted its report to the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) and it is being forwarded to the administrative department.

Pertinently, the school education department had decided to suspend the concerned head of the institution and the concerned teachers who would produce poor results in their subjects.

In the class 10 exam last year, 37 government schools produced below 10 percent results; 19 schools had zero percent result.

The department has made a list of high schools that produced poor results. At least 103 schools had below 20 percent results while 460 had below 50 percent results in class 10th exams in 2017.

“The team visited these high schools and we found that 95 percent of these schools were those which were upgraded under RMSA scheme from middle school to high school. But no subject-specific teachers were provided to these schools,” the official said while referring to the report.

All the schools upgraded from middle to high school level and high to higher secondary level under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) were supposed to get subject-specific teachers on contract basis. However, no such engagement was made by the successive governments.

“During the visit to the schools, it was found the students didn’t have proper classrooms and seating arrangements. Other infrastructural deficiencies have been also reflected in the report,” the official said.

He said the school principals had not maintained the standard operations set by the department for allowing students to appear in the annual class 10th and 12th BOSE exams.

“The examination forms were submitted to BOSE in May and after that students didn’t attend their schools but were still allowed to appear in annual exams. Government had given instructions that students having below 60 percent attendance should be detained but school heads didn’t follow the procedure as exam forms were already submitted to BOSE,” he said.

It may be recalled that educational institutions remained closed across Kashmir from April to ending May last year following student protests that erupted against the police action on students in Pulwama Degree College. To curb the protests, department had made 66 percent attendance mandatory for the students to appear in the exams.

“But the students falling short of attendance were still allowed to sit in exams resulting in their poor performance,” he said. In class 12th, at least 22 government higher secondary schools had below 50 percent results.

“The performance of higher secondary schools is always better than class 10 exams as most of the students study in private schools up to class 10th,” he said.

Already reported by Greater Kashmir, the government had also asked the CID to ascertain the reasons for poor performance of government schools. CID was asked to go for profiling of areas where schools had poorly performed in BOSE exams.

“CID has not submitted any report but the department constituted an internal committee to ascertain the reasons and take appropriate measures to overcome the problems responsible for poor results,” director school education G N Itoo said.

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