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Saturday, August 6, 2016

CM promises remedial classes for Class IX pupils

PORVORIM: Admitting that some students find it hard to cope with the curriculum when they reach Class IX, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, on Friday, assured that remedial teaching would be provided to students of Class IX to tackle the dropout rate.

Replying to a private member's resolution by Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte, the chief minister said that the matter of remedial teaching was discussed at a recently-held meeting organized by Union ministry of human resource development and funds towards the same have been approved for 695 students at the rate 500 per head.
In his resolution, Khaunte suggested that the government provide special classes to combat failure of students in Classes IX and X and ensure a better future for them. He also pointed out that while the RTE Act doesn't have a detention policy up until Class VIII, several failures are observed the moment students enter Class IX.
He also assured that weaker students of Class IX would be provided remedial classes by local, retired teachers in addition to regular teachers and that the exercise would be monitored by the heads of the respective institutions. Khaunte subsequently withdrew his resolution.
Last year, of the 27,665 students enrolled in Class IX across the state, 4,130 were detained, the chief minister said, pointing out that there would be lesser detentions if schools had properly implemented remedial teaching. He added that students who unable to pass Class IX could seek admission in Industrial Training Institutes (ITI), something the government would never deprive them of.
A teacher himself, Parsekar opined that the Right To Education (RTE) Act, 2009 had become dangerous to the state and Centre and said that he had raised the issue at a meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi a few days ago. He also pointed out that the act was a central subject and not a state matter.

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