If the performance of students is poor, the teachers of the school will face the music. Bahadur Singh, district education officer
PATIALA: With an aim to improve the standard of education in government schools, the state education department has directed all district education officers to conduct monthly tests for students of Class 3 to 5, studying in Punjab School Education Board.
The education department had issued the direction to all district education officers (DEOs), last week, to conduct a test of English, Punjabi, Hindi, Mathematics and Science subjects of 20 marks each to check the performance of the students.
As per the notification, the district education department, head teachers and DEOs of primary and secondary schools have been asked to coordinate with PERVESH (Primary Vidya Sudhar) project officials to conduct the test every month.
Interestingly, the department directed all DEOs to send a detailed marks report of students and list the numbers of students who have secured marks below 20 and marks between 20 to 40, 40 to 60, 60 to 80 and more than 80 marks in the test.
Following the notification, the Patiala education department conducted a test of all subjects in primary schools on January 8.
The district education officer said that a test was held in all schools in the district on January 8. “We have been compiling the reports and it will be completed on Monday as we are to yet compile the data of three blocks,” the DEO Bahadur Singh said.
He further said that as per the information, around 30 % students have secured below 20 marks and 50 % students secured between 40 and 60 marks and 20 percent got more than 80 marks in the nine blocks.
Sources in the education department said that the initiative has been taken in view of the poor results of students in board exams.
DEO Bahadur Singh said that monthly test will help to monitor the performance of students as well as teachers.
Many teachers have been blaming the no-expel rule in primary schools from Class 1 to 8 under the right to education act, for the poor performance of the students in 10th as well as in 12th board examinations.
“The report of monthly test will be sent to higher authorities every month and teachers of the school will face the music if the performance of their students is bad,” the DEO said.