The Telegraph
Thursday , July 24 , 2014
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High DU cut-off sets big goals

Worried over high cut-off marks fixed by Delhi University (DU) for admission to its prestigious colleges, Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church (GEL), Ranchi, has decided to go all out to ensure quality education in schools.

“GEL Church runs 83 schools in the state. The highest marks fetched by a student from one of our schools was 92 per cent in 2014 matriculation examination. Even if they repeat the matric feat in the intermediate exams, none of our students will be eligible to even apply for admission to the top Delhi colleges because there the usual cut-off is between 95 and cent per cent. Thus, we need to pull up our socks in the interests of our students,” Nelson Lakra, GEL Church moderator told The Telegraph.

As a first step, the church has set up an education commission that will monitor the performance of the students. The commission will train the teachers to help them improve their teaching skills. “We have also appointed our own inspector of schools to maintain liaison among the schools and the education commission,” Lakra added.

Over the past five years, performance of students studying in Gel-run schools has drastically improved. Not only has the pass percentage gone up, the top scorer today fetches much more marks than, let’s say, five years ago.

“But still much more needs to be done so that our students perform well and getting into the best of colleges in the country becomes a cake walk for them,” said Lakra.

Besides, the church will also improve the infrastructure in the schools. “We need to grow up from the age-old black board system of teaching and introduce computers, projectors, video conferencing and Internet in our classrooms. However, these modern tools are quite expensive,” rued the moderator.

To find a way out, GEL Church has set up another expert committee that has been asked to come up with plans to boost the resources.

This committee is expected to file its report within six months.