Guwahati: He was ranked number seven, but TBC Zirnasangzuala stole the limelight from the toppers in Mizoram’s Class 12 examination. The reason? Zirnasangzuala was the odd boy out – the only one among 35 in the top ten across arts, science and commerce streams who was not from state capital Aizawl.
Zirnasangzuala became the toast of Champhai town, 194 km east of Aizawl and close to the border with Myanmar, after the results were announced by the Mizoram Board of Secondary Education (MBSE) on Thursday, May 11, 2017.
Teachers of his institution, Einstein Higher Secondary School, said Zirnasangzuala represents students from less resourceful and remote districts who generally do well but fail to get into the top 10 ranks.
Overall, however, the performance of Mizoram’s Class 12 students was not up to the mark. Fewer students – 11,190 compared to 11,741 in 2016 – appeared in 2017 for all the streams, including vocational courses. The overall success rate of 74.86% too was down by 1.94%.
But the impact of Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla’s Congress government on education of the girl child was visible. This time, girls appearing for the exams outnumbered boys by 212, compared to 41 last year.
Brilliant performance by girls
St Paul’s Higher Secondary School in Aizawl had three toppers. Zomuansangi topped science by scoring 10 marks more than Samuel Malsawmzuala, who was placed second and secured 441 marks out of 500. Himadri Das was placed third.
In fact, St Paul’s had all but one of the 13 students among the top ten in science and five among the toppers in commerce.
In arts, girls, all from Aizawl, again took the first four spots. Lalrinzuali of Home Missions School (441 marks) came first, followed by Lalramluahpuii Ngente of Synod HS School, and Hmingthanpari Sailo of Calvin HS School, Aizawl.
In commerce, Joseph Vanlalrema of Oikos HS School took the top spot with 418 marks followed by K Lalhmingchhuanga of St Joseph’s HS School and Daniel Zomuana Bajaj of St Paul’s HS School - all from Aizawl.
“Of the 8,086 students who succeeded, 4,216 were girls and 3,870 boys though there were fewer girls in science and commerce streams. What is also encouraging is that the gap between boys and girls opting for science has reduced – from 110 last year to 67 this time,” Sarah Lalengzami Pachuau, MBSE’s controller of examinations, said.
Overall, the girls outperformed the boys in all the streams – with a success rate of 81.88% in science, 75.57% in arts and 85.45% in commerce. The boys aggregated 80.95%, 70.50% and 84.84%, respectively.
Deficit, district schools better
Students of deficit schools outperformed private and government-run schools in Mizoram.
Deficit schools are those run by Christian missionaries but whose teachers are paid – without pension benefits – by the state government.
The deficit schools led the results chart, their students notching up 92.52% in science, 90.85% in commerce and 86.44% in arts. The more expensive private schools and government schools came second and third, respectively in commerce and science. St Paul’s, also a deficit school, had a number of toppers.
In arts, the ‘lumpsum schools’ – those run by individuals or communities and provided a one-time grant by the government annually – displaced private schools from the second spot.
Mizoram’s best educational institutes are in Aizawl but schools in less developed districts have done better this time. Serchhip district had the best strike rate of 91.20% in arts while Kolasib district topped in science with 91.10%.
Aizawl district took the top spot in commerce with 89.20%. But officials in the education department pointed out that the district virtually has monopoly since very few schools in far-flung districts officer commerce courses.