New Delhi, April 9: The director of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education issued a circular on Saturday to all deputy directors in the state to order schools to conduct re-exams for class IX students in the last week of June. This year those who will fail in their Class IX final exams can appear for the re-test. The circular has been issued by the director to ensure that all the students of Class IX must secure 100 per cent results in Secondary School Certificate (SSC) board exams and no students should fail.

To reduce the drop-out rate of students in class IX the state education department had issued a government resolution in December 2016. And to stop the drop-out rates a use of an Accelerated Learning Method (ALM) was declared however no provision of training on that method was provided by the government. Even now the circular issued by the director has not mentioned anything about the ALM.

According to the DNA reports, the schools must set lenient question papers for differently-abled students and those with severe illnesses like cancer. And they have to conduct re-exams in a regular manner.

In April 2016, according to data from SARAL, almost 1.54 lakh students from the state failed in class IX in maths, languages and science.

The Director of Secondary and Higher Secondary, Education, Gangadhar Mhamane said, “There will be no separate training for teachers to conduct this re-exam. This decision was taken in 2016 and 2017 but the implementation is happening now. It was observed that schools are giving good results in SSC board exams but their school’s performance of grade IX was poor. Sometimes schools also fail weak students in grade IX to achieve good pass percentage in SSC. Hence this decision has been taken after proper study.”