– Reshma Ravishanker
Bridge courses and remedial classes in some schools have been put on hold as there has been a delay in the calculation of results for classes I to IX, the education department of Karnataka observed.
The primary and secondary education department had said that results for classes 1-9 (state board) must be announced by April 26. Some schools, however, have failed to comply.
Classes for the new academic for high school students will commence on June 15 as per the department’s academic calendar, leaving little time for the bridge course to be conducted for slow learners.
This came to light when the deputy director of administration and development held a review meeting with representatives from schools on May 13 to know the status of uploading results on the SATS portal managed by the department.
As teachers have remained away on Covid-19 duty under the government’s direction in various parts of the state, results have not been published in several government, aided and unaided schools for class I to IX students.
Some private schools reasoned that they have been unable to calculate results as they have doubts pertaining to the calculation of formative and summative results.
The department has communicated to schools that in view of conducting remedial classes for students, they ought to upload results by May 19. “It is based on this evaluation that schools conduct bridge courses for students. Hence, schools have been instructed that there has to be no further delay,” said a department spokesperson.
When asked about the delay, Karnataka State High School Assistant Teachers Association President H K Manjunath said that as teachers were on Covid duty, they have been unable to come to schools and tabulate results. Some of them had tested positive for the infection themselves while the others were unable to travel with the lockdown being imposed.
Shashikumar D, general secretary, Associated Managements of Private Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) said that results have been delayed due to multiple discrepancies.
“Due to the lockdown, calculation of results has not been possible. There is pressure to pass all students. How is it possible to announce the results of those students who have not even enrolled for this academic year in schools? They are “out of school”. It is a conspiracy. We are awaiting clarity on these,” he said.
Some schools expressed that there is uncertainty about the results of students who have had very little attendance this academic year. “We are awaiting more clarification from the department regarding this,” said Rajashekar (name changed), a government school teacher.
Schools have been instructed to announce results for classes 1-9 students latest by May 19.
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