Muktsar, August 2
The Ministry of Education has announced the schedule for bi-monthly exams for classes VI to XII in public schools in the state, but students are still waiting for some textbooks.
Distribution in progress
Some textbooks may not have reached schools, but we have distributed almost 5.5 lakh books to students in this academic session. The distribution of the books is still in progress. — Malkit Singh, DEO (secondary), Muktsar
The academic session started four months ago in April. The bi-monthly exams take place from the April and May syllabus for classes VI to X and XII. Class XI exams are to be held from the July syllabus.
A teacher assigned to a public school in Muktsar block informed that students in class XII have not yet received the history and optional English textbooks. Similarly, students in Class XI had not yet received the General English, Political Science, Geography and Optional English textbooks.
In addition, the students of class X had not yet received the science, physical education and drawing textbooks. Students in class IX had not yet received the textbooks for mathematics, physical education and drawing.
A teacher from another public school informed that some textbooks like class X science and class VIII, class VII English did not reach any school in Doda block.
He added, “Some book banks have been set up in public schools and we keep old books from students and distribute them to new students. However, not all students were covered. But we are ready to organize fortnightly examinations. The marks of these exams are counted as an assessment in the result of the annual exams. The evaluation is between 10 and 20 points, but it is not the same for all classes.
Some teachers said the situation was similar across the state. In particular, textbooks are distributed free of charge to all students in public schools.
Malkit Singh, District Education Officer (Secondary), Muktsar, said, “Twice-monthly exams run from August 5th. Some book titles may not have reached schools, but we have distributed nearly 5.5 lakh books to students in this academic session. The distribution of the books is still in progress.
According to a letter issued by the State Council for Educational Research and Training, which is in the possession of La Tribune, the bimonthly exams for classes VI to XII in all streams must take place between August 5 and 20. The date sheet should be prepared at grade level.
Previously, these exams were to take place between August 8 and 23. However, the dates were revised on August 2.