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Practical exams for class IX in government schools

Meera Srinivasan

As part of ‘Samacheer Kalvi' initiative


“We are adopting some healthy practices followed in matriculation schools”

Classes I and VI have started following new syllabus


CHENNAI: The School Education Department has introduced practical examinations for class IX students this year.

Part of the ‘Samacheer Kalvi' initiative of the department, the examination will carry weightage of 25 marks. The theory paper will be for 75 marks.

According to a senior official in the Directorate of School Education, this is the first time that class IX students going to government and government-aided schools in the State will be taking a practical examination for evaluation. Till now, matriculation schools were holding practical examinations for classes IX and X.

“As part of Samacheer Kalvi, we are adopting some of the healthy practices followed in matriculation schools and this is one such,” the official told The Hindu.

K. Sivanandan, headmaster of Thiru.Vi.Ka. Higher Secondary School, said some experiments would be performed by the teacher and students had to watch and record their observations in their record notebooks. “Students will also get to do some simple experiments based on concepts such as refraction of light.”

Exposure

While government and aided schools have been including a few practical components in the teaching and learning of science using simple science kits, this is the first time that the practical element will be evaluated for class IX.

“This is to help them gain some exposure before taking the class X practical examination, which will come into effect next academic year,” said Mr. Sivanandan, who was part of discussions on the introduction of practical examinations for class IX. This academic year, classes I and VI started following the new syllabus evolved as per ‘Samacheer Kalvi'. From June 2011, classes II to V and VII to X will also follow the new syllabus, and the changes come in that context.

On whether all high schools had the necessary equipment or lab facilities required for practical sessions and examinations, the School Education Department official said all schools were given Rs.25,000 as part of the Centrally-sponsored Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) scheme, which could be put to use. Schools could also use the special fund provided by the department.

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