A quick response from govt. this time around

Calls for a meeting of parents and college managements; to replace marks with grades in Inter exam

The reaction to rising suicides was so strong by the society that the Telangana government responded swiftly this time around and called for a meeting of parents and college managements to discuss the issue.

The outcome of the meeting was the indication that the government would replace marks with grades in the Intermediate exams too as is being done for 10th class exams. Parents overwhelmingly supported the idea of grades as it proved to be a successful experiment with the students of class 10. The Special Chief Secretary for Education, Ranjeev Acharya, revealed a series of measures to reduce pressure on students and indicated that the introduction of grading was being seriously considered and the orders may come soon. However, it can only introduced for first year students joining in 2018 as the course is halfway through and the present batch has to depend on marks.

Some of the key proposals in bringing in changes in the Intermediate include restricting the working hours from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and closure of colleges on all holidays. Making sports and games mandatory and introduction of meditation and yoga in the daily schedule of students was suggested too. Fee structure should not be violated by the colleges at any cost. A vital proposal in understanding the students is to increase parental role in their studies with regular parents’ meetings and introduction of an orientation programme for parents with lectures on their role in their wards’ lives.

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