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Noida school holds back results

About 40 per cent students have scored horribly —some have even failed — in English even as their scores in other subjects were above 80 per cent, report Ritika Chopra & Kapil Datta.

delhi Updated: May 29, 2009 23:17 IST
Ritika Chopra & Kapil Datta

The notice board outside the Principal’s office did not carry a proud list of CBSE Class X results.

The mood at Somerville School, Noida, was sombre.

About 40 per cent students have scored horribly —some have even failed — in English even as their scores in other subjects were above 80 per cent.

The shocked school refused to declare its Class X results on Friday. “Something has gone seriously wrong with the assessment,” said Principal Arul Raj.

“How else can you explain a student scoring above 90 per cent in all subjects and just 25 per cent in English?”

In another glaring example of inconsistency, a student (not identified by the Principal) has scored 80 in Hindi, 98 in Mathematics, 90 in Science, 94 in Social Studies and a shocking 6 in English.

Eighty out of the 187 students of Somerville School, Noida, who appeared for the Class X Board examination this year, have found themselves in a similar situation.

“I have spoken with the CBSE regional officer (Allahabad) and he has asked for a week’s time to look into the matter,” said Raj. “But I have asked them to get back to me as early as Monday.”

Parents and children waiting outside the school were inconsolable. By afternoon, a large crowd had gathered hoping to find out what had gone wrong with the results.

“I have scored above 90 per cent in all subjects except English. I got 33 per cent in the subject. Never in my life have I scored so poorly. It’s unbelievable,” said a student, who did not wish to be named.

“I would have accepted the result, had my child scored poorly in all subjects. But that is not the case. I really hope CBSE admits its mistake, otherwise my son’s career is ruined,” said a parent on the condition of anonymity.