KARNATAKA

`Education system will be revamped'

BANGALORE, MARCH 3. The Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education, B.K. Chandrasekhar, on Wednesday reiterated the Government's plans to improve the education system.

At a function to honour teachers from Bangalore South district here, Prof. Chandrasekhar spoke about the recent decision to introduce a trimester system in classes one to nine.

He said that from academic year starting in June 2004, all government, government-aided and unaided primary and high schools would have a trimester system for classes one to nine. From June 2005, textbooks suited to the trimester system would be used — students would get one textbook for all subjects of each semester. They would be admitted to the next class, based entirely on their grading at the end of each trimester, he added.

The Minister earlier announced that English would be "informally" introduced at all classes in the primary level. This was to develop students' communication skills, he said. Teachers would not be specially trained but were expected to teach spoken English alongside their regular work, he added

Prof. Chandrasekhar said that in future, separate Kannada and Urdu Government schools would not be built.

They would be housed in the same building. This was to make the teaching more secular, he explained. He hoped that teachers would continue to work with dedication.

Teachers and headmasters of 680 high schools in Bangalore South district participated took part in the function. Bangalore South district recently held preparatory examinations at the school, taluk and district level for students planning to write the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations scheduled from March 22 to 29.

Abdul Wajeed, Deputy Director Public Instruction, Bangalore South, said the tests were held thrice in January and that "the results were encouraging".