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Himachal’s school teachers blame grading system, non-performing students, low learning level for poor board results

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Due to CCE (continuous and comprehensive evaluation) we cannot fail students. Even if students do not attend classes, their names cannot be struck off the rolls

SHIMLA- Manju Thakur hadn’t seen it coming. In the results of the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education declared this month, she scored 11 marks in science, 11 in maths and 7 in English. Only 20 of 122 students passed the Class X state board exams at Government Senior Secondary School at Pathiar, Kangra, where Manju studies. Seventeen others got compartments. Most of the students got low marks in science, maths and English, like Manju, daughter of a farm labourer.

Teachers would tell me she is good at studies,

said Manju’s mother Lajja Devi, who is perplexed.

Manju used to say the teachers are teaching well.

Manju’s sister Anjana, in Class XII at the same school, a walk of 1.5 km from their home, said her sister’s teachers had told her, too, that Manju was doing well. Anjana herself had scored 71 per cent in Class X.

This year, the highest any Class X student of this school scored was 53 per cent. It is one of 86 schools in Himachal Pradesh with a pass percentage 20 or lower in this year’s Class X and XII board exams.

Principal Mehar Singh, however, is not surprised.

The learning level of most students is not up to the mark,

Singh said.

Due to CCE (continuous and comprehensive evaluation) we cannot fail students. Even if students do not attend classes, their names cannot be struck off the rolls.

No student passed Class X in 16 government schools, and none passed Class XII in three. Overall, however, the board results were better than in the previous two years 66.88 per cent passed Class X after 57.18 per cent in 2014 and 65.25 per cent in 2015, while 78.61 passed XII after 67.09 per cent in 2014 and 68.63 per cent in 2015.

The principal said private schools don’t see high failures as they simply ask parents to take out a non-performing child. Many such children come and join government schools, he says.

After students complete primary classes, Class VI teachers find they don’t even know the basics like the alphabet or counting,

said Chitra, who teaches social studies.

It is when they appear for the boards that their level of knowledge is tested.

Once among the top-ranking states on schooling and learning, Himachal presented poor results in the Annual Survey of Education Research (ASER) in 2014. Around 1.7 per cent of Class VIII students in rural schools could not recognise the digits, 15 per cent could not tell 10 to 99, and 21.5 per cent could do subtraction but not division. In English, 0.5 per cent students could not read capital letters, and 1.2 per cent failed with small letters.

Sudipto Roy, Himachal’s education secretary from 2000 to 2003, said the state was actually well placed to implement the RTE.

I was able to provide 90 per cent boys and girls access to school. The dropout level at the time was the least in the country,

he said. But doing away with the exam system proved detrimental, he said.

The only way to judge quality is examination. Unfortunately, examinations are not so important in the country any more.

The number of students in government primary schools has been falling, from 5.89 lakh in 2003 to 3.23 lakh in 2015-16. Across levels, the state has 9.31 lakh students in 15,327 government schools, and more than 5 lakh students in 2,712 private schools.

The Pathiar school, set up in 1937, has 512 students now. Its science labs double up as classrooms. Of the sanctioned 24 faculty members, the posts of two Sanskrit teachers, one drawing teacher and two lab assistants are vacant.

Bucking the trend in this school, however, was Ranjit, son of a labourer. He scored 93 per cent in Class XII and has cleared the JEE (Main) cutoff.

I got guidance from teachers. I was determined to get good marks and I did,

Ranjit said.

Photo: Representational image

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HPBOSE declares Class 12 exams results, reports 70.18% pass percentage

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Shimla: Today, the Himachal Pradesh Board Of Secondary Education (HPBOSE) announced the results for the Class 12 exams conducted in February-March, 2018 for the session 2017-18. Now the results are available on Board’s official website

Total 98,281 students had appeared in the Class 12 Board examination in this session. Out of it, 68,469 candidates passed the exams. The overall pass percentage for the exams was reported to be at 69.67 percent.

List of HPBOSE Class 12 Toppers for Session 2017-2018

Name

Marks Obtained (Out of 500)

School

District

Medical

     
 Pranjal Rana  489 Dhameta Govt Sr Sec School Kangra
Sneha Thakur 487 Mohal Ambition Classes Sr Sec School Kullu
       

Non-Medical 

     
Sahil Kattna  490 Bagwara Govt Sr Sec School Hamirpur
Vikrant Rewal   490 Ungh Sundernagar Vardhaman Mahavir Public Sr. Sec School Mandi
       

Arts

     
Akshma Thakur  479 Sujanpur Tihra  Sr Sec School Hamirpur
Garima Mahajan  477  Chamba Maharishi Daya Nand Adarsh Sr. Sec School,  Chamba 
       

Commerce

     
  Saijal Arora 483  Sarahan Sr Sec School Sirmaur
Prachi Chauhan  481  Nahan Career Academy Sr. Sec School Sirmaur
       

 

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IIM Sirmaur’s 2nd convocation ceremony held at Paonta Sahib

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Sirmaur: The second convocation ceremony of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) was held at Poanta Sahib in Sirmour district on April 13, 2018.  Thirty-five students graduated from this institution.

Padmanabh Adhikari was awarded Director’s gold medal while Somaya Depdass was awarded as the best all-around student award. Arushi Singh grabbed the Director Special Recognition award.

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Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur distributed medals to these meritorious students of the Institution.

 The institution was in its initial stage but still, it has created a niche for itself among the premier institution of the country, said the Chairman, Governing Council, IIM Sirmour Ajay S. Sriram.

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Director, IIM, Dr Neelu Rohmetra while presenting the Director’s Report said that the institute was committed to producing the talent ready to meet the challenges of the modern era.

The institute was delivering a quality education to the students through highly qualified faculty and some of the best in the industry as guest faculty.

She said that the coming academic year would see main new initiatives by the institution.

The nation has great hope and expectations from the young professionals for making a New India,

the Chief Minister said while addressing the students and faculty.

The institution may have some limitation regarding infrastructure, but still, there was no dearth of talent and the students passing out from here would always cherish the memories of this institution and Himachal Pradesh as well, he further added.

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Nauni varsity scientist conferred ‘Bharat Shiksha Ratan’ award

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Solan: Dr. Divender Gupta, an entomologist working at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, Solan district, has bagged the prestigious Bharat Shiksha Ratan Award.

The award was given in recognition for his services in the field of agriculture education, research, and extension.

The Global Society for Health and Educational Growth presented the award to Dr Gupta at a ceremony held at the Vithal Bhai Patel House, New Delhi.

Dr. Gupta is presently working as a Principal Scientist in the UHF’s Department of Entomology. After a brief stint in the All India Agricultural Services, he joined the UHF in 1990 at its regional station in Jachh.

Upon shifting to the main campus, Dr Gupta got involved in academics in addition to research and extension activities.

Dr Gupta’s main work has been on fruit flies, which is a formidable pest of agro-horticultural crops causing losses to fruit and vegetable crops. He has provided solutions to a number of problems pertaining to fruit and vegetable entomology. Dr Gupta has also been a pioneer in studying population dynamics and management of fruit flies in the department.

He has devised management methods against fruit flies like the use of methyl eugenol based attractant traps using wooden blocks.

This has also been included in the Package of Practices of the University and Spray Schedule of HP Horticulture Department.

Dr Gupta has also evaluated a chemical, which helps in breaking of eggs inside the body of the fruit fly. He is undertaking further studies on this method. He presented this work at an International Seminar in Malaysia in 2016 in which participants from 20 countries took part.

Besides several research papers in reputed journals, Dr Gupta has five chapters, manuals and a number of bulletins to his credit.

He attributed his success to hard work, inspiration from teachers, and feedback from the farming community, and good wishes of family members, friends and students. UHF Vice-Chancellor Dr HC Sharma and other faculty congratulated Dr Gupta on bringing laurels to the University.

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