Maharashtra government has decided to introduce Rapid Education Initiative wherein all the students of Class IX will get special training in three subjects. Subjects like Science, Mathematics, and English will be covered under the initiative that plans to cover almost 1.5 lakh students. The students who failed in these subjects in class IX in the annual exams held in the month of April last year will be a part of the initiative.
The reason for choosing these three subjects is that students mostly fail in these three subjects only and this has become a reason of concern by the board. This Rapid Education Initiative will not focus on students belonging to one particular board. Instead, this will focus on the students from all the three boards. All the students will be trained under this initiative for a period of two months. By doing so, all the students will become confident about the respective subjects and they will be able to attempt the board exam that will be held in the month of February- March this year.
Maharashtra government has also decided that the mode of teaching students will be mostly digital only. It is because there are a number of students who have failed the exam and depending on teachers only for this will not help. And this is the reason the government has instructed the schools to use digital means to teach the students. The government has also asked all the schools to state reasons as to why the students have failed and submit an application for the same. By doing this, they aim to empower all the poor students academically so that they are able to clear board exams.
The schools are also expected to prepare a database and that database will be sent to the government who will keep a track of everything. All those students who have secured less than 45%, for them, they are going to follow a special method – Experience, Reflection, Application, and Consolidation (ERAC) method.
Nand Kumar, Principal Secretary, State School Education and Sports Department, said, “In this method, the ERAC parameters of teachers will come into practice. The teachers should divide activities over a period of two months in which 15 days can be dedicated to finding the weakness and application of teaching methods, 30 days for self-study and 15 days for problem solving, among others.”