‘Untrained’ teachers mar studies in polytechnic colleges

80% students perform poorly in recent results
‘Untrained’ teachers mar studies in polytechnic colleges
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More than 80 percent 3rd semester students of government polytechnics in Kashmir have performed poorly in recently declared results.

"Hue and cry is made when students perform poorly inuniversity or school but the technical education department is silent over thegrave issue," said a parent, Muhammad Afzal Khan.

Most of the students enrolled in KG Polytechnic Srinagarhave failed to qualify the exams.

Parents complained that teachers' increment is withheld as apunishment for producing poor results in class 8th, 10th or 12th, but intechnical education department teachers are not held accountable.

An official said that qualifying was tough for the students,saying their performance is poor as the course is technical in nature.

"The first two semesters in polytechnic course are generalstudies while as 3rd semester is entry into engineering course and is moretechnical due to which students fail to qualify it," the official said.

Director polytechnic colleges said the results would beanalysed to ascertain the reasons for students' poor performance.

"We will take up the matter with JK Board of TechnicalEducation (BOTE) and take a review of the results," he said, referring to thetechnical education body that conducts the exams.

Another official that reasons for poor performance of thestudents is also their weak academic record up to 10th and 12th.

"Students who have a good academic field up to 10th or 12thopt for medicine or other professional courses but the lot selected inpolytechnic colleges are academically weak," the second official said.

He however added that the dearth of permanent faculty in thepolytechnic colleges was also telling upon the academic performance ofstudents.

"In absence of permanent faculty, we hire academicarrangement on contract basis. They leave this job after they get a betteropportunity, which mars our academics in our institutes. Students have to waittill we complete the formalities for hiring new faculty," the official said.

"The faculty we hire on contract basis show reluctance toattend the training programmes which are aimed at enhancing capability ofteachers," said director technical education department J&K, Ravi ShankarSharma.

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