Chaos in English Medium Gujarat State Board Exams
The following are the problems faced by English Medium students in Gujarat:-
- Senior teachers are retired due to their age. New recruitment of professional teachers has not been done for the last 10 years. Grantable education institutes have to go for Vidhya Sahayak Scheme, under which they hire a teacher with a salary of Rs. 3000-4000. Due to this proper education to Gujarat students suffers.
- The Central Education fund is being used for publicity instead of recruiting new teachers.
- In Gujarat, schools are adopting different boards such as CBSE, State Board, Oxford, NCERT, etc. As a result, the students get confused. There should be a single board across the country and a single syllabus system.
- English medium textbooks do not give clear explanation as the same concept is shown in different ways which confuses the student. E.g. the percentage of Gujarat’s contribution in one place is 18% and on the next page it is 47% for petroleum (Class X).
- The textbook language is poor and there are many grammatical and spelling errors.
- There are many cases where textbooks of the same standard give different values of the same matter. E.g. percentage of carbon in different types of coal in Science and Social Studies textbooks (Class X)
- There are cases in the Science textbook where the same reaction is given with different catalysts, E.g. N2 + 3H2 → 2NH3, which poses a problem when one is asked to complete a given reaction along with the conditions.
- There are differences in matter given in the 2006 and 2007 editions of the (Science) textbook even though the latter is only a reprint and as the board hasn’t issued an official notice as to which book the students should follow, they are forced to follow both which becomes an excessive burden.
- Declarations such as an ‘Open book Test’ are a big blow to students, especially meritorious ones, and reduce overall competence.
- Important terminology is lacking.
- The syllabus is not competent and accurate enough which is why Gujarat students find it difficult to crack competitive exams like AIEEE, IITJEE, DITSAT, etc.
- There are language problems even in the Board question papers for English medium.
- The marking/checking of papers is very haphazard.
- English medium students suffer a lot of injustice as their papers are checked by Gujarati medium teachers.
- There are inadequate, well-qualified English medium teachers who have complete knowledge of their respective subject and have a command over the English language.
- There is a clear bias against the English medium students which is apparent by the low marks they score in the Boards in spite of being capable.
- Also the level of English in Gujarati medium is too low which, even though helps them score above 95 marks and get them a rank in the Board exams, hampers them from scoring well in competitive open exams and colleges.
- There are 1 lakh students in the English medium which irrespective of their capabilities are left at the mercy of inexperienced Gujarati medium teachers who don’t even understand the language.
- The record of last 3 years of performance should be taken into consideration and if there is a major difference in the board exams, proper reassessment of papers should be done.
- Even though English is important for succeeding in today’s world, students of English medium suffer due to poor correction of papers which stops them from performing well in the Board exams and getting a good position in the merit list.
For the welfare of students:
- There should be a single board all over India so students like that of Gujarat do not suffer in entrance exams due to their inferior syllabus.
- Recruitment of professional qualified teachers should be opened.
- Merit of teachers should be checked before appointing them as a paper checkers.
- Best facilities should be provided to paper checkers instead of offering them remote places.
- There should be a compulsory system where only English medium teachers check the papers of English Board exams.
It is directly related to the future of students – the youth of our nation.
Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee
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