Staff Correspondent

Trimester system is fraught with anomalies: MLC

Madikeri: The Bharatiya Janata Party will fight for the reintroduction of the semester system, as the current trimester system is fraught with several anomalies, Balakrishna Bhat, MLC, said here on Friday.

He was speaking to presspersons after introducing Ganesh Karnik, the BJP candidate from the southwest teachers' constituency, here. He said the party would strive to solve all problems of teachers in the State.

Mr. Bhat urged Higher Education Minister D.H. Shankaramurthy and Minister for Primary Education Basavaraj Horatti to simplify the education field in the State.

Trimester system

Mr. Bhat said the trimester system involved tests and examinations every month and had little room for sports and games or extracurricular activities. The stipulation of the previous government that schools producing less than 40 per cent results would face action, had led to an increase in copying in examinations.

He alleged mass copying had taken place in several parts of the State in the last SSLC examination. The decision to take action against teachers if the results of their schools fell below 40 per cent had led to several problems, including mass copying.

Introducing English

On the issue of introducing English as a subject from the first standard, Mr. Bhat said it should be decided by linguists.

He said that Kannada too should be introduced as a subject from first standard in English-medium schools.

Capt. Karnik said he would strive to solve problems of teachers.

The BJP-Janata Dal (Secular) Government, in its recent budget, had enhanced the allocation for primary education by 12 per cent and higher education by 30 per cent, he said.

Madikeri MLA K.G. Bopaiah, Kodagu BJP president S.G. Medapa, its general secretary Sunil Subramani, president of the Madikeri taluk unit Ravi Kushalappa and former president of the Madikeri taluk panchayat D.B. Balakrishna were present.