KV teachers got wrong questions for LDE

September 20, 2014

Almost one-fourth of the questions in an all-India exam meant to test the academic and administrative acumen of senior Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) teachers aspiring to become vice-principals was redundant, posed in faulty English or both. For instance, there were specific questions on weightage for unit tests, annual confidential report and cut-off percentage though all three of them have ceased to be part of the KV system for quite some time.

The limited departmental examination (LDE) conducted on Sept 14 by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to select 62 vice-principals from several hundred PG teachers at four centres across the country, left most examinees a confused lot, forcing All India Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers Association (AIKVTA) to take up the matter with the KVS Commissioner and demand cancellation of the test.

"... the content of the question papers has conveyed the impression that the entire team involved with the preparation and moderation of question papers pertaining to the LDE examination, for the post of vice-principals, were neither acquainted with recent amendments / modifications nor aware of the present status of the actual facts," the letter signed by AIKVTA general secretary Vijeyesh Pande said.

In the letter, the authorities' attention is drawn to a question on unit test that was done away with almost five years back after KV schools adopted Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE). There was another question on the percentage a student needs to score for admission to class XI in KV, even when CBSE had long time back replaced percentage with grading.

Since the vice-principal's post is an administrative post, teachers were asked questions about annual confidential report (ACR). KV had done away with ACR for teachers four years ago and replaced it with annual performance appraisal report (APAR). Even the test for language was filled with errors as teachers were given brief compositions but asked questions about characters who find no mention in them.

The test is of great significance as this is the first time that KV has done away with department promotion committee (DPC) and will be deciding on promotion to the post of vice-principal based on the score in LDE examination. Till last year, while 50% selection was done on the basis of LDE result, the rest 50% was based on the recommendations of DPC.

When contacted, KV officials in Delhi refused to comment on the issue and said that they will look into the matter.

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