Government schools performed better than private schools in Classes 10 and 12 examinations of the state board in Madhya Pradesh, reversing popular opinion that state-run institutions have poor academic standards.
In class 10, the pass percentage of government school students is 57.32% and that of private schools is 49.99%. Private institutions did better in only 22 of the state’s 51 districts.
Similarly, in Class 12, government school students outclassed their private school peers as the pass percentage of government schools is 73.94% and that of private schools is 63.66%. In 16 districts, the success rate of students in private schools was better.
‘Govt schools students from small towns, villages did better as they aren’t so active on social media’
Educationists and experts feel government schools’ students performed well as they are away from technological distractions.
“The students of government schools, especially from small towns and villages, performed well as they are not so active on social media. In the absence of any distraction, they could able to do focus study,” said SK Reniwal, principal of Model School, Bhopal.
“Proper monitoring of performances of schools is another reason behind improvement in pass percentage of students.”
As compared to last year, the graph of successful candidates of government schools shot up by 9.16% in class 10 and by 7.21% in class 12.
The students of private schools did well in the Vindhya and tribal region.
‘Govt school teachers fulfil all basic qualification but pvt school owners flout the norms’
“To serve in government schools, a teacher needs to fulfil all the basic qualification but private school owner flouted the norms and appointed those teachers only who get ready to work on lesser salary. This is the main reason behind lowering of standard of private schools,” said Zamiruddin Ahmed, convener, Guardian Guilds and educationist.
“General public have apprehension that teachers don’t attend classes but in reality, the scenario has changed. Some government teachers are really good and put serious effort on students’ study.”
‘School education department’s effort to impart quality education bore fruit’
But the school education department feels neither social media nor any other factors are behind the improvement of result. It’s only department’s effort to impart quality education that bore fruit.
“Last year in Class 10 results, only 48.16% students of government schools cleared the exam while from private schools the percentage was 51.89%. We put many efforts to improve the quality of education. From student and teacher ratio to proper attendance of students, every aspect was covered under our vigilance scheme to provide quality education in government run schools,” said Deepak Joshi, minister for state of education.