Hassan: In an unconventional move, teachers in the Hassan district will have to undergo examinations to prove their mettle as per a decision taken by the now reinstated Hassan Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri.
The Deputy Commissioner who is not very happy with the SSLC pass percentage in the district, despite a considerable improvement in the performance as compared to previous year, has reasoned that a competency examination will help improve the knowledge base of the teaching community thus leading to improved results from Class 10 students of the district.
Notably, this year Hassan stood seventh in the state with a pass percentage of 84.68 for class 10 students as compared to the 31st position it held in the year 2016-17 with a pass percentage of 69.58%. DC Sindhuri is wanting that the district secures a place among the top three slots for the current academic year
The tests for the following subjects - mathematics, social science and science, which have been upgraded to match the CBSE syllabus would be held on July 28 in the high schools. The papers, comprising of objective-type questions will be set by Sindhuri herself while the evaluation will be carried out by lecturers of pre-university colleges. Those who pass the examinations with good results will get certificates of appreciation and be entrusted with the responsibility to train other teachers. In case any teacher does not clear the same, they will have to take a supplementary test, she added.
According to the DC, the test will give a fair idea if the teachers are well-equipped to teach the revised syllabus
Meanwhile, few teachers seem to be unhappy about the DC's attempt to test their qualification and a stand on this initiative will be taken at a meeting of the office-bearers of Hassan District High School Assistant Teachers Association.
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