Commerce and English toppers are from not-so-elite schoolsThey might not figure on your list of top Delhi schools, but a handful of low profile East Delhi schools are consistently coming out trumps in the Board exams. This year’s Commerce topper is from a ‘not so elite’ school in East Delhi.
The English topper and the topper among government schools also come from little known east Delhi schools. Ruhi Aggarwal from Mayur Public School, IP Extension, secured 96.6 per cent, beating students of elite South Delhi schools. Pankaj Singhal, the government school topper from Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, Surajmal Vihar, is the son of a mechanic. “Government authorities are increasingly showing interest in education and we have a strong academic environment in the school,” said principal P. Lata Tara. “Teachers are very dedicated. We try and support our students in all ways possible,” Tara said.
The number of students securing 90 per cent and above has also gone up in East Delhi schools. “This year 13 of our students have scored 99 per cent in various subjects and 34 students have an average of 90 per cent and above,” said R.P. Mallick, chairman of Lovely Public Senior Secondary School. “It all depends on how your students and teachers work. It has nothing to do with whether a school is in east or south Delhi,” said Mallick.
Schools like Bal Bhavan Public School (Mayur Vihar) and DAV Public School, Anand Vihar, also have a number of students scoring aggregate marks above 90 per cent. Prem Lata Garg, principal, DAV Public School felt extra time given to weak students was the key to success. “Teachers sit down with students and work on their weak points. Moreover, I have been involved with the CBSE marking scheme. So I know exactly how marking is done and thus help students accordingly,” said Garg. Tara felt coming from economically weaker sections, their students worked harder. “Our students work harder as they come from the salaried class, while the south Delhi school students might be taking things for granted,” she said. She said the results in her school had been improving consistently and students were becoming more confident now. “They are all very articulate and smart these days,” she said.
83.96: Pass percentage (1.76 per cent increase)
2,266: Students who scored between 90-95 %
92: No of students who scored above 95 %
16,134: No of students in compartment