Pune: Sakal organised a workshop for students appearing for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination and their parents on Sunday. Hundreds of parents, teachers and students of Std X attended the workshop that was held at Tilak Smarak Mandir.
The experts guided the participants in the subjects of English, Science and Mathematics.
Dr Sunil Magar, Director, SCERT, educationist Dr AL Deshmukh, education experts Umesh Pradhan, Dr Dilip Jog, Dr Sushma Jog, Prajakta Gokhale and Dr Shruti Chaudhari were present on the occasion to guide the participants. The experts spoke about the need for change in syllabus, concepts, application-based question papers and the technique to solve them.
Speaking on the occasion, Magar said, “Students and parents don’t need to fear the examination any more. The new syllabus has been designed considering the need of the time. The syllabus has been designed to equip students to compete at the national level. The students will now be evaluated on how much of what they have studied, have they understood. Earlier, the schools could give the students 20 internal marks, now the syllabus will truly be testing the grasping power of the students.”
AL Deshmukh said, “The SSC students will also have to revise what they learn in Std X. 20 per cent of the questions will be based on earlier knowledge. While studying, the students should focus on group discussions. The parents will be able to help their children effectively in the process of studying. The students should take help of the Internet and try to learn through activity-based, practical-based methods.”
Bhausaheb Patil of Sakal Media Group, Editor Samrat Fadnis, Dr Sunil Londhe, Executive Manager (Circulation) were present on the occasion. “Along with the students, the parents also face the stress of the examination. This workshop is an attempt on our part to help the students and the parents. There will be more such workhops in future,” Fadnis said.
Considering the huge response received by the workshop, Sakal will be conducting more workshops in the suburban areas of the city as well, the dates and venues of which will be published in Sakal from time to time.
Manisha Jain, a parent from Khopoli who attended the workshop said,
“The new syllabus will put an end to the habit of mugging up amongst the students. We now also wouldn’t need to send them to private tutors as we will be able to look after their studies on our own. We have received a lot of help from Sakal’s workshop and the tips provided by the experts here will certainly be useful. The pressure that was on students regarding SSC board examination, relentless study would now be reduced a lot. Earlier, students produced what they read and mugged up in the SSC examination earlier, now they will actually write what they understand.”
Pooja Jadhav, a SSC student at the workkshop said the programme was very useful. “We got a lot of information about syllabus, as well as the technique to study without taking undue stress,” she said.
Rajendra Naykare, a teacher based in Kolawade, Mulshi said, “Along with the parents and students, this workshop was important to the teachers. I work in a rural school, and it was not possible for me to bring all my students to the workshop. However, I will convey all the information that I have received to the students and teachers at my school. I also suggest that such workshops need to be held in rural areas as well.”