The director school education’s office issued show-cause notices to 17 senior secondary government schools that have performed poorly in the CBSE Class 12 board examinations.
Confirming the same, DSE Rubinderjit Singh Brar told HT on Tuesday that schools whose performance has declined by 5% or more from the last year have been issued show-cause notices. The school heads concerned are to file reply, citing a detailed explanation behind the decline in the academic standards at the school, by next Tuesday.
Meanwhile, deputy director school education Chanchal Singh said the school heads have also been asked to submit details regarding the teachers of the subject in which the students have performed the worst in the schools. “This set of information is to be submitted to the department within three days by Friday,” added Chanchal Singh.
The district education officer had prepared a report of the results this year on Monday after which a meeting was held and a decision was taken on Tuesday. The meeting was chaired by the DSE and education department officials, including DEO, deputy DEO 1 and deputy director school education were present in the meeting.
Some of the schools whose performance has declined by more than 5% this year include GSSS-Kaimbwala, GMSSS-Dhanas, GMSSS-38(W).
Talking to HT, GMSSS-Dhanas principal Harmeet Kaur said, “Students from the surrounding colonies who don’t get admission anywhere else come here. Lack of regularity is another reason for behind the drop in marks.” She added that they have only one lecturer per subject and there was staff shortage as well, which added to the pressure.
As HT had highlighted in its report on Tuesday, seven senior secondary schools failed to secure even 30% pass percentage of total 39 schools in the city, while another seven failed to record a pass percentage of 50%. The periphery schools have been the worst performers with GSSS-Kaimbwala recording only 5.88% pass percentage. The worst performing government schools continue to be those located on the periphery year after year.
Various reasons have been cited for the poor performance, some of which include continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) pattern, grace marks in Class 11, no detention policy till Class 8, absence of school heads and generally high student-classroom ratio, teachers engaged in non-academic duties and low attendance.