School Students and Teachers

Plan well in advance

Every year I come across students who are keen to get into a course of their choice, but find that the last date for applying is already over. For example, one can give the KVPY exam for scholarships and for admission in IISERs and IISc to study pure sciences, while you are in 11 th standard. (check out

Similarly, while lakhs of students prepare for years to get into IITs, not many are aware that after doing a basic degree in science, one can get into one of the prestigious IITs for a Masters in Science through the JAM exam held in February every year – but last date for admission is in October the previous year (see

Even Primary school teachers need to be qualified

Government of Karnataka has issued orders that Primary school teachers should have a D.Ed. diploma by March 2019. The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) has started registration for D.Ed. (last date 15 th Sep 2017) for teachers who have above 50% marks in PUC. Those who do not qualify by 2019 are liable for termination. Teachers can contact their nearest NIOS office. In Karnataka it is at 3 rd floor, Karnataka Examinations Authority (CET Cell) building, Corner of 18 th Cross and Sampige Road, Malleswaram. Phone 80-23464222 or 1800-180- 9393. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Options through NIOS Students who fear that they may miss out getting their matriculation certification because they are poor in one or two specific subjects have the option of choosing whatever subjects they wish to pursue, through the above- mentioned NIOS exam, which is recognized all over India. Even those who have failed in one or two subjects in SSLC/CBSE/ICSE and could not clear in the supplementary exams also, can contact NIOS for “on demand” exams and thus clear their way for higher studies.

CBSE’s course “Knowledge traditions and practices of India”

For the first time a comprehensive course on India’s intellectual, artistic, scientific and technological heritage: Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India has been offered to CBSE’s schools as an elective course for classes 11 and 12. The modules are reported to be academically rigorous yet student friendly; they are enriched with numerous illustrations , annotated extracts from primary texts, explanatory side notes, lists of online and offline resources, suggested projects and other activities. Most of them are also available online (

24 states to scrap “No detention” policy from next year

24 states are likely to scrap the no-detention policy in schools from 2018 since it had led to a fall in learning outcomes resulting in over 20% dropout at class IX.

Under the current regime students are promoted automatically till class VI-VII ,but now they will be tested twice –in class V and class VI-VII and those who fail the March exam will be given another chance in May; else the students will be detained in the same class.

There have been several instances of large-scale failures in class XI and these were seen as due to a lack of qualitative and quantitative assessments in earlier classes. On occasions students protested and turned violent. The class X board exam was optional and it was only recently that a decision has been taken to bring it back from March 2018.

Earlier it was envisioned that with the implementation of the comprehensive and continuous evaluation (CCE) students will assessed from class I, eliminating a need for an examination to promote students to higher classes. But CCE proved difficult to implement and teachers lost leverage over students with many govt. schools turning into mere “mid-day meal” providers. The proposed amendments seeks to improve the learning levels of children.

By Ali Khwaja

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