VELLORE: The Education Department here launched a first-of-its-kind ‘confidence building drive’ for Plus-Two students appearing for the board examination this academic year. The focus is to induce confidence among students, especially the slow learners, as they prepare to face the examination.
“Presently we are helping these students to prepare for one mark per subject per day so they can face the board examination with confidence,” said chief educational officer V Kumar.
Kumar said that the slow learners were monitored in all the government and government-aided schools across the district based on their performance in the first mid-term and the quarterly examinations conducted by the teachers.
“We have identified around 40 per cent students as slow learners and the focus will be to motivate them to perform well,” he said.
Teachers and headmasters have been motivated to strive to bring down the number of students who are below average by providing necessary inputs in a palatable manner so that they receive the necessary confidence to prepare for the tests and exams.
While additional coaching has been extended to such students after school hours to improve their performance, special modules of lessons (that contain minimum materials of learning with questions and answers), developed with assistance from teachers in high performing schools in Namakkal, Erode and other districts, are given to help students. The modules train students to work on the pattern of questions and how to answer them without much difficulty.
The students will be monitored between the quarterly and second mid-term exams to ascertain whether they were able to benefit from the modules and special coaching provided to them.
Based on periodic feedback the department will fine-tune the effort. “We are planning to conduct six unit tests between the half-yearly and final examinations. This will provide an ideal platform for students to practice before they face the final examination,” Kumar said.