BHUBANESWAR: The state government has asked all schools, including private and unaided educational institutions, to conduct remedial classes for two-three months to make students ready for the next academic session. The government took this decision as all students of classes I to VIII have been promoted without appearing for their annual exams owing to the Covid-19 situation.
“It has been decided to conduct remedial classes for the first 2-3 months of the next academic session to bring the students to appropriate competency level. This will be applicable to all government, government-aided and all un-aided private schools under the school and mass education department,” read a notice issued by the education department.
Some districts have already started remedial classes for slow learners. “We have already started remedial classes for slow learners. Since the children will not appear for their final exams, the remedial classes will help improve their learning abilities for higher classes,” said Niranjan Mohanty, a teacher in Saraswati Sishu Mandir, Unit-8.
To reduce the study pressure on students, the government has already reduced the syllabus by 30%. “It is also important to teach students the portions which have been dropped from the syllabus as they might face issues in the next class. Hence, the remedial classes would come in very handy,” Mohanty added.
The remedial classes will start from the beginning of the next academic session. Due to delay in examination, the commencement of academic session is also likely to be postponed, an official said.
“Though the state government has promoted all students to higher classes without the final examination, it is not good for the children. For two consecutive years they are getting promoted without appearing for their annual exams and as a result they are lacking in competitive spirit and are not feeling motivated to study,” rued Sumati Mallik, parent of a Class V student.
Meanwhile, the government is yet to decide on the examination for students of classes IX and XI though physical classes have resumed on February 8, a month after classes for students of X and XII started.
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