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Intermediate weightage benefited rural students

R. Ravikanth Reddy

They fared better in EAMCET, says report


With the introduction of weightage, students are now more serious on core subjects

More students from rural areas figured in the top 50 ranks of EAMCET


HYDERABAD: Introduction of 25 per cent weightage for Intermediate marks in EAMCET has benefitted the rural students more than their urban brethren!

An in-depth study conducted by a committee appointed by the government found that the weightage has not harmed rural students as is being trumpeted by some student organisations and a section of college managements.

The committee headed by N.V. Ramana Rao, EAMCET-2010 Convenor consisted of a Statistics professor V.V. Hara Gopal from the Osmania University and an official from the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE), submitted its report on Thursday.

An assessment of students' performance from 2007-08 to 2009-10 showed that rural students had improved their performance in both EAMCET and Intermediate after the weightage was introduced.

More students from rural areas figured in the top 50 ranks of EAMCET after 25 per cent Intermediate marks were added while urban students occupied a majority of middle level ranks. At the lower level, there was a mix of both rural and urban students.

Weightage, a senior official said, had its impact on the Intermediate education too. There is a qualitative change in the performance of students in Inter exams reflecting that students were more serious now with core subjects.

The performance improved on several parameters. “After weightage was introduced students were able to answer descriptive questions very well unlike earlier.” It is for the government now to take a final decision on whether to continue with 25 per cent weightage or increase it to 50 per cent, as originally decided, or scrap the concept itself.

Given the findings of the committee, the government might prefer to continue with the present system.

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