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AN ANALYSIS OF THE ANSWER BOOKS OF STUDENTS
|Total Number of |
|Passed||Result in Percentage|
From the above figures it is clear that, in Gujarat, during the last three years, an average of 6,36,494 students have taken the S. S. C. examination, and out of which 50.85% candidates have failed in the examination. It does not augur well for any society that every year 50% of its students fail in their public examinations.
In Gujarat, through the Karma Yogi Abhiyan, there started a revolutionary movement in a variety of fields. But, then, how did the field of education did not benefit from this movement and stay away from the beneficial impact of this movement?
Gujarat Secondary Education Board is trying to improve the quality of education through various efforts. It is not enough to have a proper atmosphere when the examinations are held. It is also important that through all these efforts students should be enable to succeed.
A DESCRIPTION OF THE PROBLEM
The result of Gujarati subject of S.S.C. examination held in March-2004 is as follows:
|Subject||Total number of |
|Total Number of |
Students who Appeared
in the Exam
The results indicate that 30.23% of the students who took Gujarati as one of their subjects have failed in their own mother tongue, Gujarati. To the surprise of many, the percentage of pass in languages other than Gujarati exceeded the level of percentage of pass in Gujarati.
The focus of this study is on
From among the answer books that obtained less than 30 percent in total, 500 answer books of Gujarati were selected for thorough scrutiny based on the goals listed above. The selection of these answer books was done at random.IMPORTANCE OF SUBJECT
This kind of research work is the first attempt made by the Gujarat Board of Secondary Education. So the focus, as reported above, was to know the various reasons behind the below average result. What are the factors responsible for this kind of result?
METHOD OF STUDY
A meeting was arranged in the assembly hall of the Secondary Education Board on 24th October 2004 under the direction of Shri H.N.Hingu. Dr. Ramesh Kothari from M. S. University, Baroda, Dr. Bhogayata from Bhavnagar University, Dr. Uchaat from the Sauarshtra University, Rajkot, Dr. R. D. Mulia from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad were present in this meeting. This meeting decided that teachers should check 1500 answer-books in every subject.
The study of the answer books of the students who took the 10th standard examination was undertaken by 45 teachers at Preksha-Bharti, Koba, in the district of Gandhinagar from 7th November 2004 to 9th November 2004. During this process the teachers were made familiar with the research subject and its importance. They were given the guidance as to how they should study/evaluate the answer books. They were asked to record their opinions that they formed through this process of study/evaluation. After that, according to the subject and question-paper, groups were formed with five teachers in every group. Every teacher was required to study only one question from the answer-books. Three answer-books were given to every group and thus the work started. After sometime the teachers assembled together. The supervisors asked them about their experience, and discussed the difficulty of work that the groups might have faced in studying and evaluation the answer books. On this basis, necessary changes were made and then the answer-books were again given to the teachers. The teachers started to find out where and how the students had committed errors.
ANALYSIS OF INFORMATION
The most common things found in the answer books scrutinized were as follows:
Question wise summaries and solutions are given below. Unreadable hand writing and spelling mistakes were made by most of the students. So, these are not mentioned here.
|Q-1 Prose Questions|
- Only 50% students write answers.
- 60% faulty in content
- 30% have not attempted giving any answers.
- Order is not maintained.
- Teachers should ask text based questions prior to explaining the content. Students should also give text based answers. Make them understand where necessary.
- Point out to the student his/her errors.
- Arrange group discussions in class.
|Q-2 Poem Question|
- Students find more difficulty in writing answers for the† questions relating to poems than writing answers for the questions relating to prose.
- 35% write incomplete answers.
- 70% faulty in content.
- 60% writing expression was weak.
- Answers to historic content, traditional songs, and hymns were more easily provided.
- Donít ask students to transfer poems to prose.
- Bear in mind the objectives of the poem
- Let the students enjoy the poems
- While teaching a poem, donít go deep into grammar
- Arrange group discussions in class.
- Give more importance to the feelings than the meanings.
- Do elicit reviews of poems from students.
- Students donít write beginning, middle, and ending content properly
- They donít attempt to answer all the given points
- They donít maintain order
- Lack of originality
- They donít use proper words, phrases and figure of speech
- 30% donít attempt essays
- Give examples explaining to them how to write the beginning, the middle, and the ending properly
- First give a proper topic in the class, then point out related points on blackboard with the help of students, and then arrange the points.
- Discuss all the points; add necessary data with the help of students.
- Ask them to say and then write.
- Check essays properly.
- Show them their errors and let them rewrite.
- 40% donít write the report
- 35% write on other topics, and not reports
- Most students donít know the form of reports.
- Content order is not maintained in the report
- They donít know how to write and what to write in report
Show examples or charts of various reports.
- First ask them to write a report on the school events, then discuss other topics. Let them write.
- Have a group discussion with them. Let them speak. Make additional changes and make them rewrite.
- 40% of students donít attempt prťcis writing at all.
- 50% rewrite the given paragraph as it is.
- 100% canít give a proper title.
Describe the event going on in the class/school and ask them to represent it in short, and then ask them to write other paragraphs.
For composition, a list of points that should be kept in mind should be explained with examples.
|Q-4 Poem Review|
- 50% donít attempt this question at all.
- 29% donít attempt to answer all the questions.
- 100% cannot pick out the ďfeelingĒ of the poem
- 70% cannot give any title to the poem.
Help them to take interest in poems.
Do the review of poems of the textbook taking the help of students.
Give opportunities to students to review the poems used for prayer.
|Expansion of Thought|
- 50% do not attempt this at all.
- 32% leaves the answers incomplete.
- 20% canít understand the given content.
- Canít write references and their perspective.
Give them an understanding of the Expansion of thought -- how to write and what to write by giving various examples.
Use Mahabharat and Ramayana for references.
Explain as to how they can write their thoughts in the first paragraph, in the second paragraph and proof for their ideas and thoughts with references and their perspective in the last paragraph.
|Complete the statements using the given alternatives|
- Most of the students write correct answers for this part.
- 26% do not know how to write correct answers. They do not write the given statement and but they just write the answers.
- Read textbook frequently in class.
- Use dialogues in classroom.
|Character and Statement|
- Most of the students write correct answers
- Questions are in the form of match the list. So students give answers by drawing the lines. They do not know how to write answers.
- Textbook should be read frequently in class.
- Call for dialogues in the classroom based on the textbook.
|Match the List|
40% give wrong answers.
They join correct answers by drawing a line between two items.
Information charts and hand-made drawings should be kept in the class.
Make 2-3 groups in the class and enable them to play quiz on textbooks questions.
Take a short test.
Show them how to write answers to match the list and make their charts.
|Completion of the Poem||
- 50 have not attempted this question.
- 30% have not written the lines in sequence.
Poems should be sung in the class and also in prayers.
Poems should be written and the teachers should correct the errors committed.
Q-5 Grammar (12 marks)
- Students find it as the most difficult question.
- 28% have not attempted this portion at all.
- 18% have not scored a single mark.
- 50% have scored between 0 to 5 marks out of the possible total of 12.
Easy points scored by the students include joint and disjoint, Compound, group of words, Transformation of sentences.
Ascertain the previous knowledge of the grammar learned so far.
Use inductive Ė deductive method.
Try to reconnect the relevant previous knowledge at the time of teaching prose and poems.
Make relevant charts. Hand-made pictures should be kept in the class.
Give a test for every unit.
Use various games to teach grammar.
SOME IMPORTANT POINTS FOR TEACHING GUJARATI