Less than 5% of students fail Std V, VIII term-end exams

Less than 5% of students fail Std V, VIII term-end exams

Less than 5% of students fail Std V, VIII term-end exams (Representational pic)

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Pune: Recent data reveals that approximately 5% of urban school students and 3-4% of rural school students in Pune district did not pass the reinstated term-end examinations for Std V and VIII last month, as stated by a spokesperson of the Maharashtra School Principal’s Federation, on Saturday.

According to a government resolution issued in December last year, Std V and VIII students must score a minimum of 35% marks in the annual exams, based on the syllabus taught in the second semester of the respective terms, to be promoted to the next class.

The spokesperson also discussed the preliminary findings at a meeting of the federation in the city this week, attended by 70 representatives from 13 talukas of the district. He mentioned that schoolteachers would guide these students for the re-exam preparations, tailored based on local needs (offline or online), as there is no blanket order regarding the preparation mode. Currently, taluka-wise statistics or details of the subjects where most students failed are unavailable.

He was also part of the evaluation committee that formulated the policy reinstating the term-end exam system for Std V and VIII students.

The no-detention policy, initiated after the implementation of the Right to Education Act 2009, stated that no child shall be retained in the same class or expelled from school until completing primary education till Std VIII. However, last year, the state government issued a GR restarting term-end examinations for classes V and VIII.

The re-exams for the failed students are scheduled for June to enable them to clear the failed subjects and proceed to the next class. Official figures are pending as the Maharashtra State Council of Education Research and Training is yet to review the results.

Std XII and Std X exam results are anticipated to be announced in the third and fourth week of May, respectively, as per state board chairman Sharad Gosavi. Typically, Std X exam results are declared in June, but this time, the board aims to release them by May-end.