ON YOUR MARKS, LOOT!
Poor students everybody wants to milk them. In the latest, members of Class X monitoring panel have started demanding bribes from schools for granting marks. As schools in the city gear up for the all-important Class X exams from March 30, some of the principals have come forward to report that the committee set up to verify Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) - the internal assessment of students at schools – is demanding a bribe from them. Showing a WhatsApp message, a school principal told Bangalore Mirror: I received this message in the morning from another principal.
It read: 'Hope you are aware that a three-person committee is coming to your school to check CCE for SSLC students. These people are expecting or demanding money'. The same day, a committee visited my school as well and openly demanded money from me to ensure that our CCE marks are proper. It’s a tricky situation for school managements also because a negative report from the committee will jeopardise the future of students.” Confirming the development, KA Yuvaraj, state general secretary of Karnataka Rajya Shikshana Abhivruddi Sangha said: “We have hundreds of schools under our umbrella across the state and we too have been facing these kinds of problems. Many of our school managements have complained of bribe demands.”
School managements say the 'cash for marks' amount varies from school to school and it may range from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000. Natesh from Gurukul School said: “This is shocking. I hope tougher regulations will be in place.” Shivanna, principal of St Mira’s School, echoed the same feelings, saying the schools were in no position to oppose the diktat of such unruly members.
D Shashi Kumar, general secretary of Karnataka Associated Managements of English Medium Schools said: “Our members too have got a lot of complaints over the issue. We have also evidence where in the committee members have not only demanded money but also asked us to visit at other locations than schools. We also wonder that the committee visits only private schools to check on our CCE but what about those government schools and who will conduct probe there.” When contacted, Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) director Yashodha Bopanna said: “If any school is facing issue they can complain to Block Education Officer or Deputy Director for Public Instruction.”
Quick recall: How CCE teams came to be
Before Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) was introduced (with the idea of preparing students steadily and continuously for board exams), 100 per cent weightage went to marks scored by students in their final exams. Later, CCE got 20 percent of that share for Class X and there was a remarkable boost in results. Schools marked better results as most of them gave students high marks in their internal assessment exams. But then the same year, in one of the schools in Bengaluru south, parents and students went on a rampage because a school had not given good CCE marks.
To put these bickering and allegations to rest, the Department of Public Instruction decided to create teams to monitor CCE exams. Each team comprised three teachers from government schools who had to visit private schools and give a report.
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