Mangaluru, Mar 30, 2017: With SSLC exams commencing today in the city and all over Karnataks, school teachers and parents have been on their toes. All care has been taken by all concerned to ensure that the exams are conducted wihout a hitch. All efforts are being made to improve the pass percentage in SSLC examination this year.
This year, 8,77,174 students across the state will write the examination at 2,770 centres. Unlike previous years, students will write their answers in a separate booklet and they will be allowed to carry the question paper back home.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Yashoda Bopanna, director of KSEEB, said, "This has been done to make transportation and storage of papers easier as the bulk of the papers will be reduced." Besides this, there is no change in the examination pattern.
Commissioner of public instruction, Sowjanya, who was also present at the conference, urged students to be present at the exam hall between 9.15 am and 9.30 am. However, she said students will be allowed to enter the hall till 9.45 am.
The number of centres has been reduced this year, from 3,082 in 2016, to improve security.
Candidates are prohibited from carrying mobile phones, calculators, textbooks, reference books and chits into the examination hall. Students can travel for free on BMTC or KSRTC buses to their examination centre, by displaying their hall tickets and bus pass which they use to commute to their school.
For any subject-related doubts, tips for preparation or overcoming stress, students may call the KSEEB helpline at 080 23310075 or 080 23310076. The helpline will be functional between 9 am and 2.30 pm, from March 30 to April 12, the last day of the exam.
Here at Government Model Residential Ashrama School at Madya near Surathkal, the only school in Dakshina Kannada that had recorded zero result in the examination in 2015-16. The school is exclusively meant for Koraga community children. A total of 149 students are studying in Classes I to X. To make them mingle with other community children, students from ST and OBCs have been enrolled in the school from this academic year. As the school has no permanent teachers the four boys and five girls in the school are taking help of outsourced teachers.
"The students are being prepared on the model of Mission 95 Plus initiative of Puttur block education officer G Shashidhar. The Vision Puttur initiative had helped improve the pass percentage among slow learners in the block in 2015 and 2016. The teachers are using special books of the Puttur BEO and his team for slow learners," Warden Vijay Kumar told DH.
"As it is a residential school, the students are made to study from 5.15 am to 8.15 am, 6 pm to 8 pm, and 9 pm to 10.30 pm. They are trained to write answers for one-and two-mark questions. Study materials under Mission 95 plus is used to improve the grasping power of the children," he said.
Last year, the students could not clear Science, Mathematics and English subjects. They did not have a Mathematics teacher till preparatory examination and Science teacher till November 2015.
Vijay Kumar says the efforts of the students are also important in excelling. Smart class and remedial teaching have also been introduced and are effective in making students understand subjects.
The school has vacancy of four sanctioned posts in primary and nine posts in high schools. Although there is a promise of direct recruitment of teachers during 2017-18, at present the classes are conducted by the outsourced teachers in the school.