Jaipur: The monthly magazine of the secondary school education directorate in the state has, for the first time, carried lessons in subjects and exercises to help students improve performance in Class 10 board exams beginning on March 9.
The magazine, Shivira Patrika, usually carries rules, regulations, academic calendar and essays on education, and a copy is sent to each school principal.
“This time around the magazine carries lessons and tricks to handle difficult topics of mathematics, science and English; weak areas of the students have been kept in mind,” said Vijay Kumar Acharya, joint director at the directorate.
In a survey conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in 2016, the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) was ranked 14 in the country based on learning outcomes in mathematics, science, English, modern Indian languages and social science. Pratham’s Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) also found the state among the worst in learning levels.
“The magazine generally carries administrative information, but academics has to be central. After all, we work for the students and their education.” The magazine was released last week.
“We have carried special issues in August because of the Independence Day, in September because of the Teachers’ Day, but this is the first time Pareeksha Unnayan Visheshank (special issue on exam improvement) was published keeping in mind the board exams,” said Acharya.
Calling the directorate’s initiative – Prayas — a remedial approach towards education, he said its objective was to cover the weaknesses of children and improve the overall quality of education.
“The children, who fail by a few marks, will be able to pass; the number of students getting second and first division, and merit rank will also go up,” he added.
Under the initiative, the directorate had earlier prepared special study material for students, held workshops for teachers to improve their skills, and decided to conduct pre-board exams to prepare students for the boards.
“The directorate is also keeping an eye on the underperforming schools and will take action against principals and teachers in case of repeated poor performance of their schools,” said Acharya.