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Error analysis and remedial teaching will improve student performance in public exams: RMSA director

A. Sankar, Project Director, RMSA, Tamil Nadu speaking at a refresher programme in Vellore on Wednesday.
A. Sankar, Project Director, RMSA, Tamil Nadu speaking at a refresher programme in Vellore on Wednesday.

Teachers should carry out an assessment of the achievement level of students in quarterly and half-yearly exams conducted in schools and then carry out an error analysis to correct the mistakes to improve their performance in public exams, said A. Sankar, Project Director, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) (National Secondary Education Scheme), Tamil Nadu.

Participating in a refresher programme for high/higher secondary school teachers organised by the Education Department in association with VIT University on the VIT campus here on Wednesday, he appealed to the headmasters and teachers to strive and improve school average marks and subject average marks of students.

“Improvement of subject average, error analysis, remedial teaching, peer group learning, sharing of experiences of successful students and group monitoring by teachers are among tools which have to be implemented to improve the performance of students in public exams and ensure 100 per cent pass.”

Under ‘error analysis’ and ‘remedial teaching,’ teachers should identify questions which students have failed to answer, or have answered wrong in quarterly, half-yearly exams, and concentrate on them so that the students learn the correct answers. Mr. Sankar appealed to teachers to devote time for this post-examination exercise which would go a long way in improving the performance of students and help to achieve the overall objective of improving educational ranking of Vellore district in SSLC and Plus-Two public exams.

Mr. Sankar said that bridge courses have been introduced under RMSA for Standard IX students to provide a good foundation to the students so that they could perform better when they sat for SSLC exams. Ratna Natarajan, former director of State Resource Centre for Non-Formal Education, said that school heads have a tendency to concentrate only on bright students. This tendency should go, and they should devote special attention to those who are academically weak. If teachers are able to teach students to control and concentrate their minds, it is possible for them to pass in all subjects.

G. Viswanathan, VIT Chancellor, who presided, said that headmasters should arrange for special classes for weak students to achieve 100% pass. He promised the Education Department that the VIT would provide all help needed to improve the performance of students in SSLC and Plus-Two public exams.

R. Nandhagopal, Collector of Vellore, wanted teachers to tell parents and restrict the watching of TV, chatting over Internet and cell phone which tend to divert the attention of students.

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