ATSUM urges Director Edu(S) to reconsider exam schedule – The Sangai Express


16-Nov-2022


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Our correspondent
KANGPOKPI, 16th November: The Tribal Students Union of Manipur (ATSUM) has informed the Director of Education (S) of the Government of Manipur to keep the Class I to IX examination schedule as normally followed in previous academic sessions .
Recall that on November 8, 2022, the Department of Education (S) issued a notification and scheduled the exam for Classes I to IX from February 1 to February 15, 2023.
It has also scheduled the exam for HSLC from March 15, 2023, while Class XI promotion exam and senior secondary exam from the last week of February 2023 for all public schools/ private not aided by the state government in the state (other than those run by the central government like JNVs, KVs, Sainik School and CBSE/ICSE Affiliated Schools).
As part of the notification, the ATSUM advised the Director of Education (S) through its representation submitted yesterday, to heed the sentiments of the hills and maintain the class I-IX exam schedules as normally followed in previous academic sessions.
The student body said that the change in the exam schedule is causing trouble in the management of schools in the hills, as the academic schedule/activities of an academic session are normally planned at the beginning of a session and executed accordingly while throughout a session.
He also said that hill schools have already set their examination schedule for the current academic session (2022-2023) as planned, and students are taking additional classes to cover shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.
“As such, an immediate change to the exam schedule by extending the academic period for an additional 3/4 months is likely to result in additional burden for management, parents and psychological pressure on students,” he said. -he adds.
ATSUM also mentioned that most of the important events in the hills such as religious, social, traditional and cultural events and activities normally take place in the months of December to February and the change in examination schedule notified by the Department of Education (S) tends to disrupt the religious, cultural and societal order of hillside neighborhoods.
While appreciating the initiatives of the Department of Education (S) to facilitate quality education in the state by compensating for the loss of learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ATSUM urged the concerned authorities to take take into account the difficulties of the school administration, the parents and the students of the hills and maintain the class I to IX examination schedules, as they were normally followed during the previous academic sessions.

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