The district’s dismal performance at the Class-12 exams conducted by the Punjab State Education Board (PSEB) continued this year as well with the state ranking a poor 21 of 22 districts in the state with a pass percentage of 69.1%. Only Barnala is below the district that, ironically, is known for VIP postings of teachers due to its proximity to state capital Chandigarh.
In another reflection of the poor performance, only three students from the district — all girls — have made it to the merit list (20th position) of 341 students in the state with 95.78% (431 of a maximum of 450 marks). “The poor performance of SAS Nagar district is a challenge, but the board has a very limited role. We are looking into the issue and have asked the education department to take a call,” said PSEB chairperson Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal.
Last year too, the poor pass percentage (67.8%) had raised concerns and the government had admitted that the district lagged behind due to a culture of ‘VIP postings’. The perception that most teachers who are thus posted tend not to take classes has gained ground.
Education minister Daljit Singh Cheema had even taken various sessions with teachers to ensure improvement in results, to no avail. Even the shifting of 87 teachers as part of rationalisation policy has failed to help.
“Consistent poor results by SAS Nagar schools is a reason for worry. The district does not have shortage of teachers, as this is the most sought after district by teachers when it comes to postings. We have been holding meetings to look into the poor performance,” Cheema added.
“Teachers have been asked to identify students, who are weak in studies. They will work separately on students, who need attention,” said Mewa Singh Sidhu, DEO (secondary), SAS Nagar.
The three stars at 95.8%
A student of Meritorious School, Sector 70, SAS Nagar, in non-medical stream, Chanpreet Kaur is from Rupnagar and even made the difficult transition from Punjabi to English medium.
“I have three daughters and will ensure all get the best education,” said Rajesh Kumar, her father, who is a matriculate.
Farmer’s daughter wants to be techie
Another student from Meritorious School, Sector 70, SAS Nagar, Navjot Kaur aims to work for a multi-national. “It was hard work that helped me score.
We are being given special coaching in school to crack the JEE exam,” she adds.
Rajwinder Kaur Samgauli, a vocational student from Dera Bassi credits her success to hardwork. Daughter of a truck driver, she wants to teach.