Performance of students in government schools of rural areas, and overall pass percentage of these schools are going to the dogs due to the staff shortage.
Once again, urban students have performed better than their rural counterparts in Class-10 Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) results, this year.
The total pass percentage of students in schools of urban areas is 68.74% as compared to 60.25% of the ones in rural areas.
Of 22,920 students who appeared for exams from urban areas, 15, 756 passed. When it comes to rural areas, only 12,032 students passed the exam, out of 19,970 who had appeared for exams.
With a number of rural government high and senior secondary schools of the district facing acute staff shortage, more than 20 schools have pass percentage of less than 20 in Class-10 exams.
Migrant families to be blamed
School principals blame shortage of faculty, and migrant families, who do not bother sending their kids to school or keeping a tab on whether the children is studying, for the deteriorating condition of studies.
Among poorly performing rural schools, GHS-Pawa has a pass percentage of 11.11, while Government Senior Secondary School, Rangunal has a pass percentage of 12.5.
Only 13.3% students studying in Government High School, Sehjamajra have passed. Similarly, GSSS-Kalakh has a pass percentage of 14.29, and 15.38% students have passed in GH-Sarinh. Following the same trend, passing percentage of GSSS-Jatana is 17, while GSSS-Sherpur Bet has a pass percentage of 19.23.
Charanjit Kaur, principal of GSSS-Jatana, said, “All posts of lecturers and four master cadre posts are lying vacant in our school for past several years. A total of 19 students failed in Class-10 boards in our school. Only 28 students passed, out of the 47, who appeared for exam. If higher authorities fill these vacant posts, our results can improve.”
Similar is the plight of Government High School, Rangowal, where four posts of teachers are lying vacant. The school has no teachers of English, mathematics, drawing. Besides, the post of headmistress is also lying vacant for three years.
“Of the 24 students who appeared in the exam, 14 failed. Our school is facing staff shortage. Though teachers here make efforts, the response from parents and students is not much. The reason is that their parents are mostly illiterate and work in factories to earn their living. They are ignorant about value of education,” said a teacher at Rangowal school, requesting anonymity.
At Government Senior Secondary School, Kalakh, two posts of lecturers and one post of principal are lying vacant. A total of 21 students appeared in Class-10 board exam here and three failed.
Bacchhitar Singh, principal of Government High School, Sherpur Bet, said, “We have five teachers (two regular) against strength of 146 students. We have no teachers for teaching mathematics, Hindi and Punjabi. 26 students appeared in the exams from our school and five failed.”