Thursday, June 23, 2011

Inter results ring alarm bells in colleges

SINDRI: Students coming out on the roads to protest poor result of the intermediate examination in the state has sent alarm bells ringing in the academic circles.

While the Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) has announced to grant grace marks to enable maximum number of students pass and re-evaluate the scripts to do away with possible discrepancies in evaluation, neither the political leadership nor the HRD department seems to be interested in diagnosing the malaise afflicting the educational system.

The manner in which students in large numbers have failed in clearing the exam from every part of the

state, indicates a systemic failure and not the fault of an individual or a group of teachers or college, said G C Jha, principal of RS More College, Govindpur, adding that the situation would turn worse if the state failed in taking corrective measures at the earliest.

"Most of the degree and intermediate colleges have no basic infrastructure facility to accommodate all intermediate students they admit. Besides, there is an acute shortage of teachers in colleges but the state has done practically nothing to fill the vacant posts of teachers," said Jha, adding that teaching methodology in colleges is essentially focused on degree education and students were not equipped to face the CBSE question pattern.

JAC should not limit itself to a mere examination-organizing body but it should also make regular inspection of colleges to ensure imparting of quality education to the students as per the syllabus. Sindri College principal M M Sharma said instead of blaming the teachers, the state should ban mushrooming of coaching institutes, which are misguiding the students by playing with their ambition.

Quality of education in schools has touched its nadir and most of the intermediate and degree students are not able to write applications on their own, he says, adding that in such circumstances the government would have to work on definite plans to improve the standards.

The focus should be on making all students become capable of passing the exam on their own and not on how to pass them all, he said. Besides, JAC also needs to be cautious while choosing moderators and teachers with experience of intermediate teaching alone should be given the responsibility, he added.

Expressing similar sentiments, Guru Nanak College, Dhanbad, principal P Shekhar said intermediate education in the state was running in a haphazard way and the state would have to take steps to implement the CBSE pattern sincerely in colleges.

The state should organize refresher courses and orientation programmes to prepare teachers impart lessons to students in a better manner as per the syllabus and CBSE pattern, he said, adding that the state should also focus on improving the infrastructure facilities on the campus and fill the vacant posts on priority basis.

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