If you don’t know an answer, repeat the question: Edu director advice


A video of the Delhi authorities’s Director of Education addressing Delhi authorities college college students of their classroom, telling them to try each query of their exams even when it means simply copying out the query once more, has raised eyebrows amongst a piece of the instructing group.

In the video, Director Udit Prakash Rai will also be heard telling the class that he has spoken to their trainer, and that the division has additionally spoken to the Central Board of Secondary Education, to offer college students marks in the event that they write something — even when simply the query — of their reply scripts.

While Rai, a 2007 batch IAS officer, didn’t reply to a number of makes an attempt for queries from The Indian Express, a senior member of the training division mentioned Rai’s statements shouldn’t be “misinterpreted” and that it’s a part of an try by him to encourage college students. “It has been a very bad year, and he was speaking with the spirit of supporting students. Lots of students have lost out on their writing practice. He was speaking in a very direct way, and what he had basically been trying to tell students was ‘don’t be disheartened, don’t worry about the CBSE or anyone else, just write’.”

Class X and XII college students had returned to their faculties from January 18, and Delhi authorities college college students in these grades are in the midst of making ready for and writing periodic assessments. They can even start writing their pre-board examinations from April 1 and March 20 respectively. Their board examinations start on May 4.

“If we don’t know the answer to a question, what will we do?… We will not leave the answer for any question blank. If we don’t know the answer to a question, we will just repeat the question. But we must not leave anything blank. Anything — whatever you understand, whatever you remember. If you are not understanding anything, copy out whatever is written as the question as the answer, but don’t leave it blank. I have spoken to your ma’am, she has said that she will give marks if anything is written. We have told CBSE also, if children write anything, they will get marks…,” Rai will be heard saying to a classroom of ladies throughout a spherical of their college. The head of faculty and the trainer conducting the class are additionally current in the classroom.

The video has now circulated amongst academics by way of varied channels. “For a child sitting in a classroom, ‘CBSE se humari baat ho chuki hai’ kind of statement coming from an external, that too in front of their teacher, holds a lot of significance. An external which is well respected among her/his teachers. This is a negative and discouraging message for teachers who are struggling to complete their syllabus, for those hardworking students… His subtle message was, keep your morality aside and pass every student irrespective of what he/she has written in copy,” the trainer mentioned.

Another trainer mentioned although academics mark college students liberally in remaining exams and board exams to offer them the greatest probability of passing and saving their educational 12 months or persevering with with training, the method of the interplay was alarming.

“There is a lot of pressure to make as many students pass as possible ever… Usually it comes through a channel from District Directors of Education, to heads of schools, to teachers and then from them to students. As a teacher, I always encourage my students and tell them to write good points in their answers and mark them fairly in assessments to prepare them well for their board exams. Finally, just before the exams, we tell the weakest students — that too in a hushed manner — that it doesn’t matter if they don’t know an answer, just attempt what they can… But here we have the highest officer saying this with confidence,” mentioned the trainer.


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