English remains Greek to many Class-10 students of government schools in Punjab.
The Punjab State Education Board (PSEB) results reveal that the maximum number of students (16.5%) have failed in English. Of the 3.42 lakh students who took the exam, 56,628 have failed in English.
However, last year around 80,000 students had failed in English. The slight improvement this year is being attributed to the special focus of the education department on English.
Science, too, proved to be a tough terrain with 50,235 students (14.6%) flunked in the subject.
While around 13% students failed in social studies, Punjabi being the mother tongue saw minimum number (6%) of students failing in it.
The poor results are attributed to poor quality of teachers employed in government schools. The state, till 2012, had not held any drive for recruiting English teachers.
Giving Hindi a miss
The data shows 27,992 failed to appear in the Hindi exam. While 2,314 students gave social sciences exam a miss, 54 students were absent during the science exam.