Shocking! Half of First-Year Inter students fail

Shocking! Half of First-Year Inter students fail



 More than half of all Intermediate first year students, from the 2020-21 batch, have failed to clear the examination, triggering massive angst among students and parents. The results announced on Thursday showed that 49% cleared the exam while 51% could not. Owing to the pandemic, the Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) had provisionally promoted first year students, admitted in the 2020-21 academic year, to second year. After a long wait, the TSBIE conducted first year exams from October 25 to November 3. Many students attributed their failure to the lack of understanding lessons through online classes. Barring 40 days of regular physical classes, the TSBIE and college managements arranged all classes through Doordarshan, T-Sat and online lectures. “I failed to clear my Maths paper as I could not grasp anything that was being taught in the online classes,” said S K Shafi, an intermediate student. Apart from Maths, majority students failed to clear main subjects like Physics, English and Biology. Parents blamed the TSBIE for conducting the exams amid a pandemic, despite promoting students to the next year. They claimed it built additional pressure on students. “The results revealed the board’s inappropriate decision to hold exams during a difficult time. Now that all the students are in second year, what about their fate? The TSBIE must award minimum pass marks to all failed students. Those who wish to reappear for supplementary exam should be allowed,” said Nagati Narayana, president of Telangana Parents Association. Although the TSBIE had cut the syllabus by 30% last year, teachers claimed that the number of academic days were fewer resulting in non-completion of syllabus in many colleges. Poor access to online education, especially in rural areas, reflects a further divide, they said. “Students from urban areas with better facilities fared better than their counterparts from the rural areas. It reflects poor penetration of online education, especially in rural areas,” said Madhusudan Reddy, president of Telangana Government Junior Colleges Association. As per data, less than 30% students from Medak and Vikarabad have cleared the first year Intermediate exams. Despite multiple attempts, Omer Jaleel, secretary, TSBIE could not be contacted for a comment.

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