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The pre-university education department has decided to do away with the I PU examination and replace it by continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) from the 2012-13 academic year. The move comes in the wake of the realization that at least one lakh students are lost in transition from I to II PU every year. In 2008-09, some 5,34,430 students attended I PU classes and only 4,28,580 of them graduated to the next year.
The loss was 1,05,850. In 2009-10, the loss was 1.06 lakh. The over 1 lakh missing students could have either dropped out or failed to clear the exam. Most of these missing students are lost to formal education. I PU students get two chances: the main exam and the supplementary. The pass percentage in I PU supplementary is a dismal 18-19 %. Those failing in supplementary exams are doomed: they can not attend regular classes and will have to appear for II PU exams as private candidates.Read mission to I PU is an option, but students aren’t eligible to seek the same stream. Failed science students end up changing their stream as no private candidates are allowed in the stream. There is a widespread allegation that tuition lobby plays a major role in the poor I PU pass percentage. Though the district PU authorities prepare the question papers, the valuation is done by lecturers of respective colleges, rendering their students vulnerable. It has come to our notice that students not attending tuitions are deliberately failed in the exam.Once failed, students start attending the tuitions, and they are passed in the subsequent supplementary exam, said a PU department official on the condition of anonymity. By law, PU lecturers should not conduct tuitions, but it’s only on the paper. The tuition lobby also plays a huge role in preparing students for II PU as private candidates. According to sources, some colleges impose a fee on students to condone attendance shortage. The colleges will not let students appear for the main exam for attendance shortage. Later, they arrive at an understanding. The students are, then, allowed to sit for the supplementary and are passed, the official said.New System:Under Continuous and Comprehensive Education which will debut in 2012-13, yearend final exams are scrapped. Instead, PU department will prescribe minimum learning levels and assess students through periodic tests and practical’s every 30, 60 or 90 days It will chalk out chapter-wise work programme for the whole year. I PU performance carry a certain weightage in II PU exams. The debate is still going on whether to assess student’s capabilities through regular assignments.
Courtesy: Times of India
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