Although practical classes are being conducted online in a few schools, parents said that unless students get to do experiments physically, it will be hard for them to take practical exams.
“My son’s schools said that they will start practical classes by the end of January. I am not sure if a month would be sufficient to do all the practical work,” said Prashanth P, whose son is studying in a private school in the city.
Some of the teachers working in CBSE- affiliated schools said that instead of teaching all experiments, they will be concentrating on a few important ones so that students are prepared to appear for the exams. “Apart from a few top schools, others are not equipped to teach all the practical work to students in a month. So, we are asked to select a few important ones and ensure that all students know how to do those experiments,” said a teacher, who takes classes for science stream students.
Principals, meanwhile, said that physical practical classes will begin after Sankranthi vacation in most schools and the syllabus will be completed in a week or two after classes start.
“Students have already submitted their records and have seen teachers and a few of their peers doing experiments in live classes. So, it would not take more than a week for us to complete teaching all the practical classes in batches,” said Simi Nagi, principal, Pallavi Model School, Alwal, adding that schools that have not completed the record work might not be able to complete teaching the entire syllabus in time.