Delhi's renowned schools have lost some crucial top spots in the National Capital Region’s list of Board performers. Thanks to their ‘killer instinct’, students of lesser-known schools located in fringe areas have emerged as major gainers in this year’s Class XII and X results tally.
Delhi’s Class X topper, Ashwini Vaidya, (98.2 per cent) is from Preet Vihar's Hillwoods Academy. She cracked the Board without taking tuitions. “I just focussed on class notes and took regular help from my teachers, who taught us excellent tricks to score good marks,” she said.
Class X student Rohit Gupta of Bal Bhavan Public Senior Secondary School, Laxmi Nagar, is close on Ashwini’s heels with 98 per cent. He scored 100 in Mathematics and 99 in Science and Social Science. “We took several mock tests and our teachers told us about the exam papers’ pattern, which was of great help,” said Rohit.
Class XII student Deepanjali Itkan of Dilshad Garden’s Greenway Modern Senior Secondary School made it to news last week by scoring 100 in English. “95 per cent students in our type of schools come from salaried class background and know they have to make a career out of studying, unlike the students of some big south Delhi schools. Even the teachers are young and they want to better themselves every year,” said principal Mohit Sachdeva.
Ghaziabad schools are also in the limelight. Class X student Bharat Munshi of Sahibabad’s DLF Public School outdid Delhiites, scoring 98.6 per cent, with a perfect 100 in Mathematics and Sanskrit.
Pooja Gupta of Bal Bharati Public School, Brij Vihar, with 97.8 per cent, fell just one per cent short of Bharat's score. The school's Class XII student, Avarnya Goel, had also trailed Delhi topper Radhika Bansal by less than one per cent.
The emerging trend is a result of CBSE’s recent moves to simplify the examination process, Bal Bharati principal G. Gupta said. “The papers have become more objective and the system is transparent. Teachers know what examiners are looking for and prepare students accordingly,” he said.
The high point of “better” schools has always been its all-round focus, said National Progressive Schools’ Conference chairperson Usha Ram, who is also the principal of South Delhi's Laxman Public School.
“Several East Delhi schools are focussing on education and indeed coming up with good results. But we need to look at other aspects, like extra-curricular activities and sports, before coming to any conclusion,” she said.