The state primary and secondary education department has decided to adopt a ‘special’ measure to help government school students improve their basic knowledge in the subjects of mathematics and science. One such step is to conduct special classes on weekends for students who are weak in these subjects.
The state primary and secondary education minister, Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, had recently discussed this issue in a meeting with department officials. Officials said that the intention behind this initiative is to help improve SSLC and PUC results. “On analysing the results scored over the last few years, we found that students were performing poorly in mathematics and science, which has been affecting the overall performance of students,” an official said.
Teachers will soon be asked to conduct special classes for students in these two subjects, to help improve their overall performance.
Reacting to this, RG Nadadur, principal secretary of the department, said, “We have received feedback stating that the basic knowledge of students in maths and science is not up to the mark. It is, therefore, important to improve the students’ understanding of these subjects from the primary level itself; hence, the decision to adopt these measures.”
Nadadur said that teachers will be asked to identify students who require special assistance in these subjects and coach them.
“If they are unable to take special classes on weekdays after school, they can conduct the classes on weekends and holidays,” Nadadur said.
He said some teachers have requested that remedial teaching classes be conducted during school hours and the department has heeded their request. “They can conduct remedial teaching for both subjects separately. It is their choice. But our primary intention is to strengthen students’ basic knowledge in science and maths,” Nadadur said.
An official order in this regard is expected to be issued to the deputy directors concerned soon.