Agartala: For the first time, half-yearly exams in 4,494 government and government-aided schools in Tripura were conducted with centralised question papers for the students of Classes III to IX on Saturday.
The new centralised question paper system is being monitored and regulated by the department of education and State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT).
Speaking at a press conference, education minister Ratan Lal Nath said that after the inclusion of the NCERT syllabus in the government schools of Tripura, for the first time, students took their exams with centralised question papers.
“Half-yearly exams of Classes III to VIII and Class IX started in 4,494 government schools, government aided schools on Saturday and around 1, 53,911 students attended the exams out of 1, 61,166 students from Classes III to VIII,” Nath said.
He also said that in Class IX, out of 64, 558 students, 61,782 students took their exams with centralised question papers.
“Never before the students of the Tripura have written their exams with the centralised question papers. The erstwhile Left front government didn’t take any initiative to develop the education of the state. After the formation of our government, we have given topmost priority in the education and implemented NCERT syllabus for the better and bright future of the students,” Nath said.
“The students of the schools in our states have written their exams with a festive mode. No major mistakes were reported so far, except for some enrollment mismatch issue which was resolved soon. The exams of the students from Class III started from 9 am and continued till 12 noon and exams of Classes VI to IX started at 1 pm and ended at 4 pm. All the 41,000 teachers have done a good job,” education minister Nath said.
The move came after the state government in a recent survey conducted by the education department revealed that most of the students of Class III to VIII couldn’t properly read a line or even solve a simple mathematical problem.
In the evaluation of students from Classes III to VIII under a project named ‘Disha’, also called ‘Baseline Survey’, conducted between February 25 and 28 this year, the education department said that there were 3,20,936 students from these five classes, and among them, 3,16,611 students participated in this evaluation and testing programme with an attendance percentage of 98.83%.
According to the report, 60%, i.e. 51,599 students of Class V, could not read Bengali language book of Class II, 46% of students could not subtract and 81% of students didn’t know how to divide. Likewise, 36% of students, i.e, 54,066 of Class VIII, failed to read Bengali of Class II level and 67% didn’t know how to subtract, while 5,800 students of Class VIII could not recognise ‘11’ in digits.