Over 1,500 Class-9 students of city government schools are all set to repeat a year: nearly 70% of those who took their second special examination earlier this month have failed to clear the exam.While final figures are yet to emerge since a few government schools are yet to compile their final results, the figures are likely to swell, said sources.
This is the third time these Class-9 students have failed to clear the exam. After they failed in Class-9 final exam held in March, CBSE gave them two special chances—first held in April, which also saw similar results, and the second held earlier this month. Many schools even held special summer classes during the the break for preparing students for the second attempt.
While none of the 114 Class-9 students from Government High School, Sector 25, who reappeared for the examination were able to pass, it is Government High School, Hallomajra—with only 8 of the 195 who took the test clearing it — that topped the list of worst performing schools. Even GMSSS-Manimajra, which recorded the highest cut off for Class 11 admissions, had 95 students failing the exam.
School heads blame the mass failure on the government’s ‘No-Detention’ policy.
Sudesh Mittal, head of GHS25, said “Students’ weak concepts and lack of understanding of subjects has resulted in the debacle. The No-Detention policy allowed students to get promoted to Class 8 without proper evaluation.”
Principal of the school Kund Bala said that the failure at such a large level had both teachers and students of the current Claass-9 batch worried. “We will definitely put in our best efforts to give better results for Class 9,” he said.
The change in CBSE rules has laid bare the weaknesses of the policy as well as the poor quality of education in local government schools. In the last session, CBSE had made mandatory for the Class-9 students to secure at least 25% marks in summative assessment in order to be promoted to the next class. Students who failed the exam thrice were unable to meet the mandated requirements of the board.
Now. from this session onwards, this rule will also be applicable to Class 10 students, which will once again test the government schools’ academic standards.
City-based CBSE counsellor, Rakesh Sachdeva, said that students should focus on their academics from beginning of the session to secure the mandated scores. “Last batch of the Class-9 students got two special chances because the system was new but students should not expect such relief this year,” he said.
SERIES OF FAILURE FOR THE DEPARTMENT
UT government schools have had a series of bad run: the poor performance of students of not only Class 9 but also others has raised questions about the quality of education imparted by these schools.
Only 20 of the 10,822 Class10 students who took the exam could score a perfect CGPA 10, while 17% students failed Class 11 this year. Class 12 results also came as a major embarrassment: while 1,025 (nearly 10%) out of the 10,184 students who took the exam failed, 1,428 (nearly 14%) students got compartment.