The government schools in the Chandigarh seems to be achieving new ‘heights’ in terms of their performance in exams as not only in Class 9 these government schools fared poorly, but the similar story has been repeated in Class 11 results also. The result compiled by the UT education department has revealed that one in six students in Class 11 in UT government schools failed the final exams in 2013-14 session.
The result revealed that over 16% (2,004 out of 12,368) Class 11 students flunked the exams across the streams and would have to repeat this class again. These figures are based on the data shared by 38 government schools. The remaining one school did not send its Class 11 results as on April 2.
Out of total 38 government secondary schools in UT, only one school has been able to secure 100% passing result.
The worst performing school among these 38 schools is Government Senior Secondary School, Kaimbwala, where 65% (89 out of 139) students failed across the streams in Class 11. In Government Model Senior Secondary School, Dhanas, out of total 315 students, 86 students fail to clear the exam.
The school principal Harjinder Kaur said that it was difficult to pinpoint a specific reason for the bad performance.
“Every year students with very low CGPA get admitted to the school and they also don’t get proper guidance at their home either,” she said. Leave aside schools situated in suburbs, even ‘model schools’ in UT have the similar story to tell.
For instance, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20-B, has as many as 126 out of 541 students failing the Class 11 and 142 students out of total 340 in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 38. The city’s top government schools, including Government Model Senior Secondary School-35, 16, 19, 18 have not been able to secure 100% results.
Strangely, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector-56, had 100% passing result, even as over 55% of its Class 9 students could not get 25% marks in Summative Assessments. Sarita Tiwari, member of a city-based NGO Hamari Kaksha, said over 40 schools in Chandigarh were running on double shifts and these schools are unable to focus properly on primary classes.
“Teaching primary class students in the afternoon shift is a bad decision as you can see its effects in these results,” she said, adding, schools needed to focus proper nurturing of the primary section to raise the standard.
Many other schools also blamed the recently-promoted lecturers for their poor performance as schools claim “they are still struggling to teach well the senior classes.”
Seeing this continuous trend of poor performance, several schools are now tense over the upcoming Class 12 board exam results. “In 2013, 284 students failed and 860 got compartment in Class 12. We are keeping our fingers crossed,” said an official.