Right of Equality in Quality…!

A long awaited common syllabus for Tamilnadu schools (govt, matric, AngloIndian) from 1st to 10th std., has been released by the Tamilnadu government school education department. The syllabus framework for all the subjects has been displayed in the office website for school education department.

http://www.pallikalvi.in/

Seems that 886 teachers has been applied for writing textbooks for the new syllabus. Among those 306 teachers are interested in writing Tamil textbooks. And government has conducted written test to all those teachers on 30th Oct 2009. Based on the performance in the test the teachers will be selected.

Syllabus for both Tamil and English  mediums are given separately in PDF format. A feedback form is also given along with it. Public can give feedback on this new syllabus through the same website and the feedbacks will also be considered in finalizing the framework.

Seems that lots of care has been taken to prepare the new syllabus. I wish to gothrough all the subjects and will give my feedback as early as possible. I consider this as a great initiative by the school education department and hats off tto Mr.Thangam Thennarasu .

I was very eagerly waiting for this to happen. I wish the syllabus would have been framed at par with the existing matriculation syllabus. This is a great initiative. Equality in quality education can be achieved very soon. Best wishes….!

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Report on 12th std exam results – TN 2009

12th results has been announced last week .  The pass percentage has been bit decreased when compared to last year and the students from rural tamil nadu glitter this year. Students from Chennai faced a little set back this year. Unlike last year the govt schools in Chennai  lack in marks and pass percentage when compared to the govt  schools out of Chennai.

The Chennai corporation schools are not upto the mark this time. Few schools have recorded worst pass percentage. Happy news is few of the most backward districts of tamilnadu has shown a wonderful performance.

Please find the link for the detailed and reader friendly report on the 12th standard results 2009. The report talks about the govt school progress, pass percentage, top scorers district wise and in whole. Sorry for not able to cover all the districts. All the data’s in the report were collected from the news papers like Dinamalar, dinathanthi,thinamani,thinakaran,thina chudar,thamiz oosai,thamiz news,malai murasu,times of India, The Hindu, Indian express,malai malar,thina sudar.

Report : 12th std exam 2009 results review – district wise

Some of the interesting facts ,

  • For 24th consecutive year  virudunagar dt has topped the list in pass percentage.
  • None of the Govt/corp schools in Chennai has secured 100 percent pass percentage.
  • Around 5 schools has recorded less than 50% pass percentage.
  • DAV schools of Chennai take the credits of the TOP marks of Tamil nadu (non tamil as first language) 1190,1188,1186.
  • Top 10 students (three ranks) were from outside Chennai schools.

These facts apart, lets come to the review of the results. I’m not here just to play a blame game on the govt schools standards by comparing with the private schools. And for time being we cannot compare these two. Because for comparing  we should have at least few facts as competing.

The biggest organization with large infrastructures , highest man power , surplus money, lots of super brains, with more students strength and technology in hands. I mean govt as the organization. What else one need to run a school successfully. Why govt schools fail to make a mark ? They can say 1000 reasons for all these but how long we are gonna tell reasons ? When we are gonna work on solving this ?

I’m not blaming this particular govt..but all the past govts. All these years I have never  heard of a productive plans on improving quality in education of govt schools. No political party speaks about these area. No manifesto has given a clear promise in education department. I accept that infrastructure wise the govt schools are improved a lot. Computers reached almost all the schools. But what is the use in it..? Without having the efficient teachers and  with no proper monitoring  all these are waste of money.

Question the schools and staffs for the worst results ? Suspend the teachers who shown some poor performance without a valid reason. Provide performance based incentives to the teachers. Re validate the qualification of a teacher to enter the schools. Do more screening for selecting a teacher.  Give promotions only based on the performance and not only with the experience and say no to quota based postings. Please remove the reservation atleast for this department. The education minister should be well educated. Undertake all the management govt schools from the remote villages. Provide school busses/vans for students transportation. Set a standard for teachers skills and monitor for two years and if not met provide them VRS and appoint new teachers with high skills. Close almost all the B’Ed colleges started in the recent years and few colleges are enough to produce highly skilled teachers. Do not recognize D’Ed (diplomain teacher training).

Still  more things to consider. I just wanted to make a note that , Education department is the one to be given top most priority which in turn give lots of improvement in India. Reconsructing the teachers ability will bring more changes initially and then we can consider on other things of education department.

Still I dream for the day that no NGO’s are working for govt schools to provide quality in education and infrastructure. Else leave it to the NGO’s for few years and the young minds will bring a change for sure.And finally , government schools are not upto the mark and there is no reason to hide this.

QUEST ends in Blossom

Tamizarasi – may be this name will give a real definition to Blossom’s QUEST. A 12 year old girl with lot’s of thirst in education and working in a fireworks industry near Sivakasi. Her father was affected by a killer disease and her mother let her. She is staying in her aunt’s house by facing all the so called problems.

She had never been to school before and now also her uncle and aunt compelling her to got to work in fireworks office.Her problems apart , interesting thing was, last month one fine evening she came to our QUEST Education Centre(QEC) and met the centre head and requested to teach her. She also told him that she had never been to school, so she asked to teach her from basic. He accepted her request and started teaching the first letters of her education. And since then she is so regular to the classes and now she has improved a lot and still learning.

I met and spoke to her last Saturday(21st Sep 2008) evening , I just wondered at her interest in learning. Naturally her eyes speaks about the problems of her. I just gave her confidence that we will take care of her education and put her in a school next year. She smiled and she was very happy. I just spoke with the Headmaster of a govt. primary school in that village, he agreed to admit her in 4th or 5th standard next year based on her knowledge.He needs a minimum level of knowledge, the ability of simple reading ,writing and recognizing.Now the ball is on our court , i.e. we have 8 months time to train her.

Tamizarasi - Khansapuram

Tamizarasi - Khansapuram

Blossom takes the onus of training her.I believe that with all her interest and hard work we can make this in eight months.If the talk with her guardians ends in positive then other things will go fine.

Hope Tamizarasi will give a different and real face of QUEST. Really it would be big challenge to get the job done. We never thought we help a poor girl for getting education, instead we took it as a chance to prove the ability of QUEST, Blossom’s dream project. I wish , let QUEST be the right place to quench Tamizarasi’s quest on education.

note:- Blossom is a Social welfare Org., and QUEST is one of the project handled by Blossom. QUEST mainly works on the Quality Education for rural childrens.