What was it that pulled down the government school results? Was it the preparation for the Commonwealth Games or the 2011 census or something else?
The Class 12 CBSE results of Delhi's government schools, which showed improvement for the past few years, came down by 1.33% this year. In 2010, 88.87% government school students had cleared the boards compared to 87.54% this year.
While Delhi education minister Arvinder Singh accepted that several government school teachers were engaged in various activities instead of teaching in the last academic session, he said it didn't have an adverse impact on the board results.
"Though many of our school teachers were engaged in the Games and census duty but it didn't hamper our school results a bit," said Singh. "Delhi's government schools have reached such high standards that it is difficult to cross previous year's record every year. What matters that the total number of pass students exceeded that of last year," he added.
Delhi’s schools produced the best results for the fifth consecutive year in the government school category among the five regions in the country. Overall, Delhi region maintained its second position in pass percentage —bettered only by Chennai.
Of 1,12,405 students appearing for boards this year from 697 schools, 98,210 managed to clear them. In 2010, 86,558 of 97,402 students taking the Class 12 exams passed.
Anjali Gautam, a student of Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalya Paschim Vihar, topped all government schools with 96.2% in science stream.
The education minister was all praises for Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya (RPVVs) where 97.92% students passed, which is better than the results of Kendriya Vidyalaya of 95.63%. "We plan to set up more RPVVs in the future, but our main focus will continue to be on Sarvodaya Vidyalayas," Singh said.
The number of schools, which delivered a perfect 100% has also witnessed a slight jump. Last year the number was 63 while this year the number stands at 70.
Like in other regions, girls surpassed boys in Delhi's government schools too. Pass percentage of girls is 89.72% whereas boys trailed behind with 81.58%.