Barnala wouldn’t know whether to be proud or embarrassed. A girl from the district has topped the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class-10 examinations, while the district itself is scraping the bottom of the pass percentage table.
Natasha Aggarwal of Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir at Tapa in Barnala district is first in the academic category with a score of 99.08%. The result came out on Tuesday. Nancy Bhadiar of Government Senior Secondary School at Ghagwal village in Hoshairpur district was second with 98.92% marks, while Harmandeep Kaur of SS Memorial Senior Secondary Public School, Kasoana, Ferozepur district, took the third spot with 98.77% score.
In the sports category, Namrit Kaur of New Paradise Public Senior Secondary School, Zira (Ferozepur), was first with 99.57% score. On the second spot, Shiv Kumar of BSM Senior Secondary School, Jamalpur Colony, Ludhiana was tied with Kirandeep Kaur of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Public Senior Secondary School, Moga. Both had secured 99.23% marks, while with a score of 99.08%, Kanchal Preet Kaur of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Public Senior Secondary School, Moga, stood third. In the sports category, there are 15 marks for playing at the state level, and 25 for competing at the national level.
With a pass percentage of 73.08, girls in the state have once again outshone boys, whose pass percentage is 60.19. Of the 3,53,327 total candidates, 2,42,406 got through. At 68.61, the overall pass percentage this year declined by 4 from last year’s 72.25. Amirtsar district has the best pass percentage of 86.18 %, while Barnala has the least at 51.20. Government schools have a pass percentage of 65.76, which last year was 71.76.
With 83 students on the merit list of 402, Ludhiana has topped this chart. Only three student from Pathankot and four each from SAS Nagar and Tarn Taran districts have made it to the list.
The school board will also give away cash prizes to the toppers of the academic as well as the sports category — `1 lakh for the first position, `75,000 for the second, and `50,000 for the third. All seven toppers this year will get the reward. State education minister Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema attributed the poor overall performance of students to strict invigilation and marking. “We will seek explanation from teachers for the poor results,” he said.
Know your result
Where: www.pseb.ac.in and http://punjab.indiaresults.com/pseb
How: Use school code or roll number to find the detailed result; school heads can used the online registration ID as well.
When: After 1pm on May 27
For rechecking: Apply within 10 days of the result declaration
For March 2015 reappear cases: Online forms to be available on board website from June 1
Languages fail Punjab students
SAS Nagar: Languages, foreign or native, appear to be the Achilles’ heel of Punjab’s students. In the Class-10 examinations, almost 80,000 of more than 3.78 lakh candidates in English, and more than 35,000 of 3.79 lakh candidates in Punjabi have failed. In social studies, the failure rate is 81,000 of almost 3.78 lakh.
“It is a matter of shame for the department of school education that Punjab’s students have poor knowledge of their mother tongue and the official language of the state.” said former Punjab assembly deputy speaker Bir Devinder Singh, a member of the languages committee in SAS Nagar, adding: “In global competition, our new generation is going to fail.” HTC
Institution: Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir, Tapa (Barnala)
Institution: Government Senior Secondary School, Ghagwal (Hoshairpur)
Parents: Father Shiv Kumar is a teacher at Nancy’s school; mother Paramjit Kaur is a housewife
Success mantra: No tuition; constant revision, a calm mind
Goal: To become an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, eradicate child labour
Institution: SS Memorial Senior Secondary Public School, Kasoana, Ferozepur
Parents: Father Ranjit Singh is a farmer from Hardassa village in Zira subdivision of Ferozpur district; mother is a housewife
Success mantra: No tuition; total self-study
Goal: To become an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer