Continuing with poor performance, a large numbers of students in the city government schools have failed to clear the Class 9 even in the reappear examinations. This means that they would not be promoted to Class 10 this year. The reappear exams were held in the last week of April.
Though the department is yet to get the details from all city schools, as per the latest data made available by the officials from 14 schools, over 600 students have flunked in the Class 9 reappear exams. Out of around 2500 students which appeared for the Class 9 exams in these 14 schools, 618 students have failed, which means about 25% students will not be promoted to Class 10. The number is expected to rise once more schools submit their data.
As per the results compiled by UT education department in April, the mass failure of Class 9 students in city government schools disappointed the education department as around 3,755 students of 83 schools failed to clear the exams.
According to the reports submitted by the respective schools then, nearly 13,295 students took the exam, of which 9,540 students cleared the examinations of the respective grade, which means around 28% students were not able to pass the exams.
These students had to clear the exams in their second attempt in order to avoid detention in the same class.
In GMSSS-16, 36 students have failed; 17 students failed in GMSSS-19; 103 students failed in GMSSS-56; 161 students failed in GSSS-45; 14 students in GSSS- Khuda Lahora; 103 students in GSSS- Mauli Jagran; and 23 students could not clear the examination in GMHS-20D.
In other schools including GMHS-26, 67 students have failed, 28 students in GMHS-28; five students in GMHS-31; 20 students in GHS-7; 17 students in GHS-32; and 24 students in GHS-40.
School principals are blaming the government's 'no-detention' policy behind the mass failure. According to them, the policy has weakened the roots of education among the students and they fail to cope with the pressure in Class 9.
Anujit Kaur, principal of GMSSS-16 said, "Sincere efforts were made by the school staff but unfortunately a few students could not perform well at all. Policies like no detention should be reviewed. We will try to put in more efforts next year."