Ludhiana, Sept. 18, 2013 –
As the summative assessment (SA-1) tests for Class 4 and 5 began in a majority of city schools, here on Tuesday, schools claimed they lacked funds to even get the question papers photocopied. Result-most of them wrote questions on the blackboard making it inconvenient for students, who were seen trying hard to copy them in the limited time period of the test.
A Class-5 student at a government primary school Reena Joshi suffers from an eyesight problem and strained her eyes trying to copy the questions from the blackboard.
Her mother Kavita Joshi said, "My daughter told me that the school authorities did not provide question papers and the students were asked to write down the questions from the blackboard for SA-1. Due to weak eyesight, my daughter was not able to complete the whole paper. And even when she asked the schoolteacher to make her sit at front, she refused."
Several government primary schools were forced to write the question paper on blackboard as they had no funds for photostatting question papers. The schools said they don't get funds from the government. Meanwhile, others spent money from their own pockets, and still others in the rural areas took help from the village sarpanch.
Poonam, headmistress of government primary school, Khud Mohalla, said, "The SA-1 started on Tuesday and we have contributed from our own pocket to photocopy question papers."
Another school in charge on the condition of anonymity said, "We have no funds for photostatting the question papers, so I had to ask the teachers to write the question paper on blackboard."
Elementary district education officer Ranjit Singh Malhi was not available for comment.
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