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Chandigarh: 23% students fail in Class 9 exam despite grace marks

Of the total 14,607 government school students who had appeared for Class 9 exam this year, 3,420 have failed in the exams, the results of which were declared on Friday afternoon.

punjab Updated: Apr 01, 2017 12:53 IST
Ifrah Mufti
The 23% of students who have failed to qualify the 25% marks criterion to get promoted to the next class have been detained, unlike the last year, when the failed students were given compartment and another chance to improve upon their marks.
The 23% of students who have failed to qualify the 25% marks criterion to get promoted to the next class have been detained, unlike the last year, when the failed students were given compartment and another chance to improve upon their marks. (HT Representative Image)

Of the total 14,607 government school students who had appeared for Class 9 exam this year, 3,420 have failed in the exams, the results of which were declared on Friday afternoon.

The 23% of students who have failed to qualify the 25% marks criterion to get promoted to the next class have been detained, unlike the last year, when the failed students were given compartment and another chance to improve upon their marks. This year, the schools implemented the CBSE’s new policy of giving 15 grace marks. Decision of giving grace marks was recently taken by the education department after CBSE directed that no chance of improvement is to be given to the students sitting for Class 9 exams.

TREND OF POOR PERFORMANCE HASN’T CHANGED MUCH

Among the 89 government schools in the city, a total of 10 government schools have performed worst this year, where more than 100 students have failed in the exams. The schools include Government Model High School (GMHS), Mauli Jagran, where out of 232 out of 615 students have failed, followed by Government High School (GHS), Mauli Colony where 174 out of 522 students have failed, while in GHS, Dhanas, 168 out of 414 have failed in the exam.

In GHS, Hallomajra, 135 out of 350 have failed, while 100 out of 321 have failed in GMHS, Manimajra; 138 out of 379 have failed in GMSSS-56; 139 out of 557 have failed in GMSSS, Modern housing complex; 112 out of 424 have failed in GMSSS, Dhanas and 123 out of 349 have failed in GMHS, Sector 25.

CBSE’S POLICY SINCE 2014-2015
  • From 2013-2014 session onwards, the CBSE had made it mandatory for students to score at least 25% in each summative assessment (SA-1 and SA-2).
  • The idea was criticised as before this system was implemented, students were supposed to score 33% in total and they managed to score 25% easily in the unit tests and then they only had to score 8% in a single summative assessment

SOME BEST PERFORMERS

Meanwhile the schools which presented the best results include Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 22 where 93% students passed their exam, followed by GMSSS-18 with 93% students qualifying. At the third position stood GMSSS-16 with 93% of students passing followed by GMSSS 19 with 91.48 passing percentage and GMHS, Sector 22 with 91% students qualifying. Arvind Rana, a government school teacher and the president of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Welfare Association said, “The results rather seem to have improved and credit goes to the grace marks given to the students as per the new CBSE policy. ”

NO STEP TAKEN FOR IMPROVEMENT SO FAR

In order to improve the Class 9 results and to improve the quality of education in government schools, UT education department in association with State Council Educational Research and Training (SCERT) had planned to constitute committees in 2015 to conduct regular meetings of the school principals and teachers.

Surinder Dahiya, SCERT head, however, said, “It was an initiative by the department and certain suggestions were sought earlier, but there is no update to it. We have not been given any assignments so far.”