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While on Tuesday 4th Sept. 2012. chief minister Mamata Banerjee was full of advices for dengue patients, a day later she was seen expressing compassion for school students across the state. Speaking at the Teachers Day function in Netaji Indoor Stadium on Wednesday, the CM asked education minister Bratya Basu to spare Class-IX students from appearing in a board exam. The diktat comes a day after the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) decided to hold the Class-IX annual examination externally from 2013. I will request the board not to prepare question papers for the Class-IX annual examinations. This will put students in a lot of stress. Instead, let them appear in the Madhyamik directly in Class X.
The schools should hold the Class-IX examination and we should always try to bring relief to these budding minds, the CM said. If the decision is implemented, parents will be unnecessarily worried about their wards chances of passing the Class-IX annual examination. After being promoted till Class IX without any detention, it will be stressful if they have to take the annual examination on question papers set by the board, she added. No sooner did the CM get to know of the decision, than she inquired with Basu. Bratya informed me that it was only a process to familiarize students with the system of appearing in a board examination from class IX onwards. They can get a feel of the Madhyamik a year before and can prepare themselves accordingly. There is already a lot of stress on them. So, I will advise otherwise, Mamata said. Later Basu added, We have taken note of the CMs desire and have decided that no question papers will be set by the board for Class-IX exams. Students will appear directly for the Madhyamik in Class X. In June, the education minister had suggested the board to prepare question papers for Class-IX annual exams as students would take the examinations in their own schools and answer scripts were to be corrected otherwise. Now, after the CMs instruction, the Class-IX annual exams will just be an internal assessment. The CM, who felicitated a 100 teachers with Sikshak Ratna on Wednesday-5th Sept., however, did not forget to bring up the drawbacks of the Left Front government. The previous government had established only one university during its tenure. But we have already decided to build three universities, one each at Coochbehar and Asansol and a private university by Techno India. I have asked Bratya to establish a university at Diamond Harbour that will be exclusively for the girls. I shall also set up one or two girls colleges, she said. Banerjee also said that a new part time teachers bill is on the anvil. In all, 18,000 schools that are affiliated to panchayats now will be brought under the primary council. As a result, teachers in those schools will have better security, the CM added. As per the CMs directives, we will start e-governance. All data will be documented. We shall ensure that a teacher gets provisional pension within a month of his retirement. A software is being prepared that will alert the education department much ahead of a teachers retirement. Accordingly,all papers will be prepared and sent to the education department by the district inspectors concerned, said Basu on Wednesday. Mamata also released new books at the event. She expressed satisfaction that the education department had lessened the burden on children. There is a need to reduce the syllabus so that stress is lessened. Henceforth, students in Class I will have to study just one book. Learning will be much more fun, the CM said.
Courtesy: Times of India
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