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Karnal govt schools graded poor on performance chart

Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times  Karnal, July 31, 2013
First Published: 10:03 IST(31/7/2013) | Last Updated: 10:05 IST(31/7/2013)

With 41 schools of the district having less than 20% pass percentage in Class-10 examination, the academic scenario in the government schools is visibly grim.

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According to a study conducted by the district education officer (DEO), the rural schools performed poorly and the source attributed the absence of adequate staff as one of the major reasons behind the dismal results.

Government High School (GHS) at Nagla Megha village performed the worst with 0% result. Of 72 students who took the examination, only one managed to pass.

The pass percentage at GHS Raipur (3.57), Mohdinpur (3.84%), Madhuban (5%), Khera (7.69%), Barsat (8.62%), Lapura (9.52), Hassanpura (9.6%) and Dachar (10%) brought to fore the poor performance.

Results were declared on June 6 and after resuming the new academic session from July, the DEO had asked all government schools to submit the detailed reports about the performance in Class-10 examination.

"The district schools had performed poorly in examination and we are working to identify the causes. Efforts will be made to improve results in the next academic year," said Asha Munjal, the DEO.

Sources in the education department said that the overall performance of the schools affiliated to Board of School Education, Haryana, was pathetic.

The overall pass percentage of the state board examination was just 50%.

"The government schools are reeling under staff crunch for the past several years. First the state government started the recruitment procedure very late and now the procedure has been stalled due to a petition pending in the high court," said an official.

Sources said that besides the poor student-teacher ratio, the schools lack proper infrastructure.
The satellite town of Chandigarh, also the capital of Haryana, Panchkula remained at the bottom, where 31.39% boys and 40.53% girls passed. But the authorities are not serious about the issue, said a teacher of a government school in the district on the condition of anonymity.

The pass percentage of boys and girls in Karnal district was pegged at 38.37% and 45.54% respectively.

However, Karnal civil surgeon Dr Vandana Bhatia quoted poor health as one of the factors responsible for the poor performance of students.

"During a health check-up drive students were found to be anaemic and iron deficiency affects concentration severely. The ongoing drive of giving iron tablets is aimed at containing such a problem, which would ultimately help in improving the human resource of the state in the long run," she added.


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