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Tuesday , May 13 , 2014
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Numbers are a nightmare for students

- Maths performance not up to the mark in intermediate science, JAC starts counselling

Science is cool. Maths still a monster!

Jharkhand students yet again proved that numbers are not their game in intermediate 2014, which clinched a record success rate in science.

Analyses and assessments by Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC), which conducts the state boards, have revealed that the examinees, despite bettering their science scores, have performed poorly in maths, a long dreaded subject of fractions, algebra and geometry, in the plus-two final exam. They got minimum marks in maths ranging between 38 and 58 per cent as compared to science subjects like physics and chemistry, where the score was above 70 per cent.

“Maths continues to be a weak point of Jharkhand students. Compared to physics, chemistry and biology, candidates managed to score between 38 and 58 per cent in maths in intermediate exam this year. Had they performed better, the success rate would have gone up further,” conceded JAC secretary Sushil Kumar Roy.

The intermediate results, announced in Ranchi on Saturday, had enthused JAC officials, students and teachers with the overall success rate in science going up by a record 25.37 per cent from last year’s 38.28 per cent to 63.65 per cent.

However, the joy was only short-lived as many schools are now worried about the students’ failure to master maths, dubbed as the toughest subject of all.

“Students’ performance in maths has suffered because there are not enough teachers for the subject in the plus-two section. Primary teachers are imparting maths lessons in Classes IX and X, which has obviously impacted the score. Take our example only. At Marwari Boys’ High School, we don’t have a single maths teacher for senior classes. Teaching posts in maths are lying vacant in a majority of high schools,” said Mangla Prasad Mishra, a science teacher of Marwari Boys’ High School.

Principal of Mandar High School Kausar Ara agreed.

“We do not have science teachers at plus-two level. We make do with teachers educated to teach till Class X. Still, we encouraged extra classes and tuition at the intermediate level, which helped students perform better in science. But there is a long way to go for maths,” Ara said.

JAC officials also expressed concern. “We are trying to find out why the students failed to perform in maths. We have experts, who will address the problems and suggest remedies to improve marks,” JAC secretary Roy said.

The council has already made a start, starting counselling sessions for science students, from Monday. The special help will be on offer till May 19. “Any science student is free to seek advice from our four-member expert panel by calling at the toll-free numbers, 0651-6453348 and 18003456523,” he added.

The secretary further said that they were going to review the maths answer scripts with the help of college professors. “Next year, our overall pass percentage will be much better in science,” Roy promised.

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