The body’s move comes after a state dept directive Responding to a directive issued a month ago by the two directors (primary and secondary) of the state education department, the Pune Zilla Parishad (ZP) has kicked off an initiative to enrol all the students in its schools to take the examinations for the scholarships offered by the government. The state department had instructed each district officer to ensure many students appear for the exams, after it observed a drastic drop in enrolments . Prior to that students took the examination for seeking scholarship in Classes IV and VII and every year about 15-16 lakh students vied for the scholarship. This was changed to Classes V and VIII in 2017 and last year the numbers fell to little over 10 lakh. To further ensure that all students get a fair chance at netting the scholarship, the ZP officials have urged that the teachers put in equal effort to train every child taking the exams. “The teachers are dissuaded from focusing on only a handful of students who they see as sure-shot winners of the scholarships,” Kurhade added. Squarely blaming the changed classes as the cause for depleted number of applicants, a… Read full this story
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