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‘Award grace marks for Kannada students’

MANGALORE: Science teachers across the state are planning to write to the government on awarding grace marks to students of Kannada medium schools who have answered science question papers in

Published: 02nd May 2012 03:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2012 10:13 PM   |  A+A-

MANGALORE: Science teachers across the state are planning to write to the government on awarding grace marks to students of Kannada medium schools who have answered science question papers in Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations.

The teachers have been asked to work it out with evaluators who discovered during evaluation that many students from Kannada medium schools have failed to score above 90 marks in science. “It is not without a reason,” an evaluator disclosed on conditions of anonymity.

Most questions particularly in Biology paper outwardly appears to tease students by differing with the model question papers which ended up confusing the students. A teacher in anonymity told Express that questions one and four does not pertain to the syllabus prescribed for SSLC students.

Another evaluator pointed out that those who had set the question paper were bent on showcasing their knowledge than testing the reasoning skills of students. Many questions in Biology paper without accurate answers had further confused the students.

The evaluator highlights that one such question seeking an answer on what prompted the evolution of animal species from oviparity to viviparity says, “The answer scripts of students reveals different answers ranging from presence of placenta to keep the offspring warm with body temperature.

Many students were aware that the correct answer was to ensure better survival rate of offspring, animals turned viviparous. But, the manner in which the questions were framed in Kannada language left them confused,” he said and added that justice can be meted out only by awarding grace marks to students of Kannada medium students who appeared for the Science paper.



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