After failing twice earlier to fix accountability, the state education department is now considering taking action against government schools that have shown poor results in the class 12 examination results announced on April 30.
Students of several schools have scored below 30% in the exams. The government is likely to instruct the directorate of higher education to issue "show cause" notices to these schools asking them to explain why teachers should not be transferred. The department will also issue such notices to schools where half of class 12 students flunked the exams.
Though around 69% of school students passed the exams many schools performed poorly. Sources in the education board said there were 20 schools across the state where all students failed in class 12 despite having full teacher strength. An education department official said the motive behind issuing "show cause" notices to these schools was "not to threaten or demean anyone but to fix accountability of teaching staff".
Data provided by the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education showed of the total 1,717 senior secondary schools in the state only 225 had 100% pass results while 345 had below 50% of which 120 had below 30% results. Of the 20 schools that had zero pass percentage in class 12 seven are in Kangra and five in Shimla districts.
"Schools performed poorly can point out the problem being faced by them. It is not all the time fault to teachers but there may be several other issues that we want to know to strengthen our education system," an official said while requesting anonymity.
Earlier, chief minister Virbhadra Singh had also announced action against teachers of schools where the class 12 results were poor. However, this time government school students performed well and got mentioned in merit list significantly. Such action had been planned in the past and policy was also framed but could not be implemented due to certain 'pressure'.
Earlier, action was planned against staff of that school where the results were below 25% while second times schools having below 50% pass percentage were under the ambit. The education department had sent the proposal to the government for approval, which could not be attained. This time also the department will seek the government's nod before going ahead to implement this widely appreciated step of fixing the accountability of teaching staff.
Total government senior secondary schools: 1717
Result 100%: 225
Below 50%: 345
Between 30%: 120
Between 10% and 20%: 28
Zero percent: 20