More than 36% (4,392 out of 11,996) Class-9 students in 82 government schools across the city have failed to secure even 25% marks in Summative Assessments (SAs).
Under the new rules of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), this could mean that these students could repeat a year as a minimum of 25% marks in the two SAs are now mandatory for promotion to Class 10.
Summative Assessments are written tests, held twice a year and carry 30% weightage each in the annual examinations.
Of the 82 schools, only six had 100% pass result.
Even the city’s top government schools like GMSSS16, GMSSS- 35 and GMSSS-Manimajra, have 20%, 26% and 30% students scoring less than a quarter of the marks, respectively.
SCHOOLS BLAME NO DETENTION POLICY, COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION
However, there still is a silver lining with these students getting another chance to improve their score.
A government school head, not wished to be named, said following these directions, government schools have already begun the process to conduct a special exam by end of this month.
He, however, added that there are chances of mass failure, considering the poor performance of the students.
Search for causes, schools blame CCE, no-detention policy.
GMSSS-38 principal Baljinder Singh, said: “The present system is responsible for the downfall. We cannot fail students till Class8. When they reach Class-9, they take academics casually.”
GMSSS-Manimajra principal Kund Bala said that students had been conditioned to accept that academic result was not important.
“There is need to change the system, before the damage becomes irreversible” he said.
Prem Kaur, headmistress, Government High School, Karsan, said: “The CBSE decision to put a minimum threshold score of 25% in Class 9 from the 2013-14 session will bring some change. However, the system will not improve unless there is a policy decision to work on the importance of academics.”
Local CBSE counselor Dr Rakesh Sachdeva said, “Classes 9 and 10 set the foundation. With such a poor result in Class 9, it is time for introspection. The UT administration should also rethink on the no-detention policy and raise its voice strongly against the practice.”
WHY THE SUDDEN SPURT?
Till last year, there were no passing marks required for Summative Assessments, which are written tests, held twice a year.
From 2013-14 session however, the CBSE made a minimum of 25% marks mandatory in both these SAs for Class-9 students to make them eligible for class. This rule will apply to class 10 students in just started 2014-15.