Description of the Project -Transparent Test Tool Kit
The present problem faced by lakhs of students:
Every year around 15 lakhs of students appear for SSLC (X) and +2(XII) exams in Tamil Nadu. Only very few students are indulging in such malpractices. To identify and to punish these students the Education Department had issued this ban. However the real sufferers are the lakhs and lakhs of students who appeared for these public examinations because they find it very difficult to carry and keep the tiny writing materials in their hands from home to exam halls.
When students leave their houses to sit for common exams, they have to checkup if they have taken their hall-tickets, pens, pencils, eraser, protractor etc. It is very easy to house them all in a box well in advance so that they may not miss any item as did in previous years. Besides the parents also check up before the students leave for exam hall. But now after the issue of this ban order, since no box, pouch etc. can enter the exam hall, the students are in a position to check up and keep together more than 10 numbers of tiny writing materials or tools in their hands amidst of their exam tension. Some students may even lose one or two items on their way to exam hall. They are forced to run back to search the lost items and are subjected to unwarranted tension. As a result the students are not able to sit for the exam tension free – this is the complaint by almost all the students as well as the parent community.
The problem faced by the student innovator:
Masha being a school girl was not an exception to this rule and she too was affected. As she had written SSLC exam last year, she understand the students’ practical difficulties regarding this problem. So, immediately on finishing my exams, she sat tight and struck a solution to the problems faced by her and her fellow students.
The solution given by the student innovator:
The prevention order to take boxes into exam halls had been necessitated now only to avoid hiding of bits in them. she thought, if we could design a box wherein bits could not be stealthily hidden, this prevention order of the Education Department is not necessary. Her idea in this angle ultimately led to the designing of Transparent Test Tool Kit – shortly known as 3TK box – an examiner friendly/ student friendly exclusive and comprehensive tool kit specially designed for exam purpose.
How does it Work? And the uses of this box:
In this 3TK box, no bits could be hidden because this box is 100% transparent. If at all a bit is inside the box it will be readily visible. Besides this,there are many additional advantages to students who use this box. There is provision for separate slots to accommodate pen, pencils, rubber and geometry tools. Before leaving for exam, it is enough to see that all slots are full. This may take just one or two seconds. If any slot is empty the student can take that item and put it into the slot and walk free to exam hall. There is no necessity to check up again and again by the students as well as parents whether all required items are there. As this 3TK box is transparent there will be no problem for the Education Department to allow this box to Exam halls.
Additional features and facilities in the 3TK Box:
The next big problem for the students who sit for the public exams is that, they have to take their Hall-Tickets every day from home to the exam centre and back. The 3TK box solves this problem too. This box have a separate folder which is also transparent. On the first day of the examination the students need only insert the hall ticket into this transparent folder attached with the 3TK box. There is no need to take out the hall ticket afterwards till the last day of the exam. You may have a doubt as to how the hall supervisor will sign in the hall ticket every day as a token of students attendance without taking out the hall ticket. There are windows provided in the folder for each day of the exam so that the hall supervisor can sign in the hall ticket at the stipulated space. Thus, if the student takes the 3TK box when he leaves home for examination centre, that is enough. Without any tension or worry (of course- other than the test paper) the student can write the exam well.
She has demonstrated this 3TK box – an exclusive exam tool kit and its advantages with the Governor of Tamil Nadu, the Governor of Kerala, higher officials of the Education Department of Tamil Nadu, Minister for School Education and got appreciations.