Poor performance of government school students in the tricity seems to have become a trend. With government-run institutes performing poorly for the past consecutive three years, this year’s CBSE Class-12 board results were no different. 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 GSSSKaimbwala recording only 5.88% pass percentage.
The district education officer (DEO), for the first time ever, was asked to submit a report regarding the worst performing schools to the director school education’s (DSE) office. DEO Vinay Sood said, “We can’t say no to any student while giving admission in government schools. Even those with low grades have to be enrolled that contributes to the result output later.”
The education secretary and the DSE are yet to receive the report.
When HT contacted them, education secretary Sarvjit Singh said, “We will issue notices to the heads of the schools with lowest performance and ask them for written explanation. The surprise inspection committee constituted earlier will also be given another briefing.”
On the other hand, DSE Rubinderjit Singh Brar said remedial classes will be arranged for students who have got compartment so that they can improve their performance before reappearing for the exam.
He also said, “Besides fixing responsibility, it is important that teachers get rid of the fear while dealing with students. After some students were caught carrying mobile phones and recording videos of teachers, the latter have become too cautious and hence feel afraid to check students.”
FACTORS AFFECTING RESULTS
The absence of school heads during school hours —the issue was highlighted by HT earlier — is also a major reason for the lack of discipline in government schools, which in turn produces poor results. At the backdrop of teachers being engaged in nonacademic duties such as child mapping, and other surveys in violation of the RTE, triggers the problem. Arvind Rana, a government school teacher at Sarangpur, said, “If students are engaged in non-academic duties, their absence makes other students take things lightly. Despite repetitive circulars issued by the DSE, nothing has changed.”
Meanwhile, students are also awarded a total of 15 grace marks in Class 11, which, in turn, does not enable them to be prepared for the level of board exams in Class 12. The CCE (Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation) pattern according to which there is internal marking even in Class 10, also leads to lenient marking. This is another reason many fail to deliver during Class-12 board exams in which there is external evaluation. The no- detention policy till Class 8 — which has been under scrutiny for years — and high student-classroom ration are also responsible for the poor results.