Lupercalia, of which many write that it was anciently celebrated by shepherds, and has also some connection with the Arcadian Lycaea. At this time many of the noble youths and of the magistrates run up and down through the city naked, for sport and laughter striking those they meet with shaggy thongs. And many women of rank also purposely get in their way, and like children at school present their hands to be struck, believing that the pregnant will thus be helped in delivery, and the barren to pregnancy.
Je suis desja d'amour tannéMa tres doulce Valentinée… (Charles d'Orléans, Rondeau VI, lines 1–2)
Venkat International Public School Chairman T Balakrishna told Deccan Herald that students were being helped out through application-based questions as per the syllabus. The School conducts three types of preparatory exams and special coaching for board exams — average, above average and one for IIT (special exam). “I don’t think there will be a problem as we have prepared the students well. If a student does not perform well in the paper, then the teacher will identify the mistake and rectify it immediately. The board always had application-based questions but this time only more marks has been allotted. If teachers equip the students well in advance, it will be easier for them,” he explained.Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan Education Officer Dr S D Chakrabarti agreed the parents and students were apprehensive about the new pattern. “We have them approaching us enquiring about the kind of questions that will appear for the exam, from which syllabus, among others. For class 10 and 12, only 10 per cent of the questions will be application-based. For class 10 it will be maths and science and for class 12 Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer science, Mathematics, Geography and Economics. Earlier too, the question paper had 10 to 15 per cent application-based questions but this time a new name has been given as the syllabus has been changed. However, the CBSE has posted some sample questions on its website,” he said. Airforce School Jalahalli Principal B S Jayashree said the students were being prepared for the new pattern. “We have started a study camp where we are working out on the application-based questions by collecting the same paper from various sources. Above average students can somehow manage the application-based questions but it is the below average students who will face the difficulty. The camp started a month ago,” she added.