Government schools have shown a dip in the Class-9 results while Class 11 has shown only marginal improvement in the annual examinations conducted by the UT education department for the academic year 2015-16.
Also, around 2,000 students have failed to clear all the papers in these two classes and will sit for a re-examination in the coming month. Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 56, has shown the poorest results by featuring among the bottom five in both Class 9 and 11 (see infographic).
Education department officials, however, look at the improvement in Class 11 results (a pass percentage of 85 as compared to 83 in 2014-15) as a positive sign. Director, school education, Rubinderjit Singh Brar said: “While many students might have to appear for the retest, at least there is an improvement in results this year. The dip in the pass percentage in Class 9 (from 69.5% in 2014-15 to 68.8% this year), too, is just marginal.”
‘Students need to pull up socks’
When asked about the large number of students getting compartment year after year in subjects like mathematics, science and social studies, education secretary Sarvjit Singh said: “We have been doing all we can to improve the quality of education in the government schools: smart classrooms, better infrastructure, increase in number of teachers and their better training. Maybe, the children need to pull up their socks and parents need to monitor them and ensure they attend school regularly.”
School principals and teachers, however, are not satisfied with the results. As various principals told HT earlier, the no-detention policy and the continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) is leading to poor results in Class 9. They said as kids are promoted up to Class 8 irrespective of their results, many of them are unable to cope with pressure in senior classes.
The education department officials point to the Union ministry of human resource development’s latest guideline on reversal of no-detention policy for Classes 5 and 8 and claim things were likely to improve in future.
Transparency move a flop?
When it comes to Class 11, various schoolteachers and principals complain about external evaluation of papers introduced this year. In order to bring transparency, the papers were checked by a pool of teachers from various government schools at a common centre this year.
A school principal, requesting anonymity, said: “The new rule is of no help. Teachers were, in fact, lenient with students during the exams, as everyone wants their school to do well.” Sources said students were being allowed to copy during exams to ensure better results.
Director, school education, Rubinderjit Singh Brar, however, defended the system pointing to the same bias that the department wanted to get rid of.
Arvind Rana, president of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teacher Welfare Association and a teacher at the Sarangpur government school, said the no-detention policy was leading to poor results after Class 8. “In Class-10 boards, too, children pass the examination owing to the summative-1 results as part of the continuous and comprehensive evaluation. As this system is absent in Class 11, there is a dip in results. In Class 12, results are even worse as results are in the board’s hands, and there is no scope of bias,” he said.
Parents and teachers are also blaming the lengthy process of admissions for leading to poor results. Rubinderjit Singh Brar said the department would try and limit the number of counselling sessions, so that students can enrol well in time.