In a bid to improve the overall pass percentage in the coming board exams, the Tamil Nadu government has decided to conduct regular special training classes for slow learners in Classes XI and XII in government and government-aided schools in the State.
A senior official from the Directorate of School Education told DT Next that a circular has been issued to all the higher secondary government and government-aided schools to identify the slow learners based on the marks secured by the students in the just-concluded quarterly exams.
The move was due to the overall percentage of the students, appeared for both the Classes XI and XII board exams, not increasing substantially during the last few years, he added.
“In addition, since new syllabus has been implemented for both Classes XI and XII, the overall pass percentage is expected to be down this year,” he said, adding, “moreover, teachers’ feedback also highlighted that the new curriculum is tough and therefore, it has been decided to take special classes for the students from the beginning so that overall percentage in government schools can be improved”.
Stating that all school managements have been instructed to send the slow learners’ details before Deepawali, the official said that based on the number of slow learners, the teachers will be entrusted to take special classes after school hours on regular basis.
He said once in every month, experts will also be engaged to guide the slow learners how to face the exams with confident and to secure better marks. “Special guides in the form of books will also be distributed to the students at free of cost,” he added. The official pointed out those teachers, who are taking special classes during extra time, would be compensated accordingly.
He said that the teachers would also be trained on how to concentrate more on slow learners during special classes. “A performance review of the students will be conducted after mid-term test, which will be held before half-yearly exams so that to keep track of the pupil,” he said.
The official also said that based on the performance of the students after the mid-term test, special classes would be further improved so that all the slow learners will secure good marks in the final board exams. According to the official, every year about 8 lakh students are appearing for the Class XI and Class XII board exams respectively.