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Only 3% of city’s SSC schools get A grade

A mere 3% of SSC board schools in the Mumbai region have qualified for an ‘A’ grade in the state board’s annual gradation exercise for schools across the state.

mumbai Updated: Feb 23, 2011 01:36 IST
Bhavya Dore

A mere 3% of SSC board schools in the Mumbai region have qualified for an ‘A’ grade in the state board’s annual gradation exercise for schools across the state.

Of the 2,893 schools that filled in their self-evaluation forms, 96 have made the highest grade (A).

The board awards grades from A to E to SSC schools every year based on a self-evaluation sheets that schools submit on their teaching practices, infrastructure and activities, among other things.

The board has just completed tabulating the data for the Mumbai region. HT had earlier reported the gradation results for the entire state. In Maharashtra, 2% of 18,231 schools, which signed up for the survey, qualified for the ‘A’ grade.

Of the remaining schools in the Mumbai region 2,122 (73.4%) got grade B, 606 (21 %) got C, 59 (2 %) got D and eight (0.3%) got E.

“This year the criteria was far more detailed so it is difficult to compare with last year’s results,” said S Dhekane, the secretary of the board.

“Because of the increase in parameters, some schools might have slipped. Or because some schools got an ‘A’ last year they might have gotten complacent and dropped a grade this year,” Dhekhane added.

Some of the new parameters in this year’s gradation exercise included expenditure per student by the school, facilities for the disabled and details of teaching practices.

Though only 3.3 % of the total number of schools in the Mumbai region schools qualified for an ‘A’ grade, the region accounts for 25 % of the 393 ‘A’ grade schools in the state.

The board is awaiting the responses of 386 Mumbai region schools that are yet to complete the exercise.

“We will issue a notice to them and ensure that they send in their data to us,” said Dhekane. “As for the D and E grade schools we will inspect them and focus on helping them improve to a higher grade.”