Bihar puts its schools, teachers, students to test

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In their report cards, schools will have to detail every service they provide and what they don't. They will also have to put in their student-teacher and teacher-classrooms ratios, as well as how many times parent-teacher associations, school committees, eco and science clubs met in a year and how many times school inspectors visited them. A school will also have to put in the number of classrooms in use, if there are separate toilets for boys and girls, and if these toilets are functional.

The report cards will be monitored by over 6,000 cluster resource centre coordinators visiting these schools.

Under watch

2.7 crore students, over 5.5 lakh teachers, 74,000 government schools

STUDENTS

12 learning landmarks each for

Hindi, English, Mathematics and Environmental Studies.

No adverse comments but teachers to rate students using stars — three for excellent, two for satisfactory and one for "needs improvement".

Class I student expected to read sentences with three-four words and to be able to spell two-letter words towards session end. In Hindi, should be able to read and recognise simple words. In Math, should be able to write up to 100 and recognise triangle, circle and rectangle shapes.

Class V student expected to use grammar, tell meaning of a poem and write four-five sentences after a lecture on any topic in English and Hindi. In Math, a student of this grade should be able to add and subtract numbers above 10,000, know tables till 20 and do addition and subtraction using fractions.

TEACHERS

A teacher to be judged on a scale of 120 marks on 35 parameters.

Must mention their special quality, whether they allow students to express themselves freely, whether they "always" or "occasionally" prepare for daily teaching and use library for study or just for reference.

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