Teachers worried new ICT exam may hit quality of class X correction work [DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India)]
(DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) In March 2014, Std X students will give the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) board exam for the first time and teachers are worried that the additional correction work will affect the quality of evaluation. However, the state exam board has assured that this need not be the case.
ICT was made a compulsory subject from this academic year. The exam will be of 50 marks, 10 for practicals and 40 for theory. But the final result will have only grades.
The state board had told the schools that competent teachers from the staff would be given the job to teach the subject and no additional recruitment was made for this.
Now, teachers are worried that they may have to correct the ICT answer booklets in addition to the other subjects. Their fear is that the extra burden could affect the speed and quality of evaluation.
"The mathematics and science teachers have been trained to teach the subject. Now they will have to take the additional burden of correcting the papers. Our academic year schedule may go for a toss," said Prashant Redij, member of the Maharashtra State Secondary and Higher Secondary School Principals' Association.
Some teachers are more hopeful. "We have already been asked to send a list of examiners, so we are sure the board will distribute the work accordingly. I believe that teachers who will be given the ICT papers to correct will not be given the mathematics or science papers," said Vilas Parab, principal, Bal Mohan Vidya Mandir.
The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, which conducts the examinations, has assured the teachers that they will not be burdened with extra work.
"The (correction) work will be distributed once we have a list of examiners. The schools are yet to send us the list. There is enough manpower and there will be no extra burden on the teachers," said Laxmikant Pande, chairman of the Mumbai division of the board.
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