With board exams for classes 10 and 12 fast approaching, examination boards and schools have kickstarted efforts to help students make the best out of revisions. From pre-examination sessions with expert teachers, distribution of examination-oriented guides to online enquiry portals, every institution has come up with tools to help students ramp up for the exams.
The State Directorate of School Education has introduced special coaching for students of government schools. Under the programme ‘Vetri Ungal Kayil’, teachers who have been delivering centum results in their schools for the last five to 10 years are being selected from every district. These teachers will go to other schools and conduct a one-day coaching on various aspects of examination, including preparation and stress management. “The process will be completed in all the schools by the first week of February. Many of the schools have already started the sessions,” said a senior officer from the directorate. The department is also providing guides with model question papers, important questions from each lesson and examinations keys for students from government schools. This is available both in hard copies and CDs. Meanwhile, the CBSE will begin a whole range of pre-examination counselling from February. These will include CBSE tele-counselling with a centralised toll free number 1800 118004 and online counseing, under which the public can interact with the chairman by logging in to the CBSE website.
“An entire wing has been set up to deal with these questions and individual answers will be provided to the students,” said Sudarshan Rao, Regional Officer of CBSE, Chennai Region. The Controller of Examinations and
The Professor and Director (Academic, Research, Training and Innovation) can also be contacted through the email ids provided on the CBSE website. A separate icon called ‘helpline’ has also been developed on the website for information related to examinations and techniques to cope with exam-related anxiety.
While schools have begun model examinations, a few schools will be exchanging question papers among themselves to help students gain exposure to a wider range of questions. “The students are already familiar with the questions prepared by their teachers. Now, when they get exposed to the questions prepared by other schools, it will give them more confidence,” said senior principal of Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram Ajith Prasad Jain.
The Directorate of Government Examination has introduced a host of new innovations this year to reduce wastage of time during the public examinations.
“Students no longer have to fill lengthy sheets, they can just verify their name and photograph and sign them. Usually, since there is a lengthy form to fill, supervisors tend to provide the sheets to students during the 10 minutes given to read the question paper,” said Director of Government Examinations K Devarajan.