Madhya Pradesh govt decides to re-introduce board exams to Class V, VIII
Madhya Pradesh government has decided to re-introduce board exams for classes V and VIII. Currently this is in contravention to Right to Education Act and mandates an amendment in the act.
A decision to this effect has been taken in a bid to improve the deplorable state of education in government schools.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his cabinet colleagues including school education minister Paras Jain, tribal welfare minister Gyan Singh and rural development minister Gopal Bhargava acknowledged poor performance of students of government schools and blamed it on absence of board exams in classes V and VIII.
“It is necessary to re-introduce class V and VIII board exams to improve performance of students. However, this goes against Section 30 of RTE Act whereby no board exams would be conducted till class VIII. We have sent a proposal to the Union government to repeal this section accordingly,” said Chouhan.
He also subtly criticized banning of corporal punishment under RTE Act and called it love of the teacher. “When we were late to school, our teachers used to punish us and even our parents supported them to make us better humans. Now teachers are scared to even raise a finger lest they be penalised for it. A student cannot develop without such discipline,” he said.
Chouhan also advocated setting up of an education commission that will provide suggestions for improving the syllabus. “Commission will comprise experts who would recommend changes in syllabus to state government and other related matters,” he said.
Minister of state Deepak Joshi said that 39,000 vacancies of teachers in the state will be filled up.
At felicitation function, 12 teachers were given away Rs 25,000 each. Teachers conferred President’s Medals last year were also felicitated on the occasion. Deepti Agnihotri and Dhirendra Singh Tomar from Bhopal were among those felicitated.