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Govt schools make a mark

Government school results have been improving, as this year Class X exams pass percentage increased by 11 per cent.

india Updated: Jun 16, 2006 14:57 IST

They are not really at par with private schools, but government school results have been improving over the past nine years. This year saw an unprecedented 11 per cent rise in the Class X exams pass percentage of government schools.

Three such schools were among the top 100 based on board results. So is the “stigma of being a government school student” on its way out? Some of the better government schools in Rohini and Dwarka have an average pass percentage of 82% and above, “comparable with private schools”.

The department even claims to have zeroed in on a success formula — run co-ed schools in the morning shift. But does this mean that we are moving towards a common school system, where most schools offer a standardised quality of teaching and facilities?

While educationists say that better academic performance is a move in the right direction, they also assert that government schools should not try to replicate private schools blindly.

“The common school system cannot come into existence as long as government schools are exclusively attended by the economically underprivileged,” said Anita Rampal, faculty at CIET DU.