Despite facing chronic shortage of almost everything that a school needs to provide a thriving study environment to the students, Government Senior Secondary School, Wadhla Granthia, 10 km from here, has given 100% results in the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class 12 exam, the results for which were declared on Monday.
The school lacks as many as 18 rooms, 20 teachers, science laboratories, vocational workshops and other infrastructure. However, notwithstanding these hurdles, all appearing Class 12 students of the school cleared passed the exam.
At a time when the overall pass percentage in the PSEB exam was 76.24%, all the 262 students of the school who had appeared in the exam passed with good percentage.
Though no student was able to secure a position in the merit list, the credit goes to the students and the teachers who, despite the pathetic condition of the school, produced 100% results with good marks.
Talking to Hindustan Times, principal Kulwant Singh said Jagjeet Singh, a non-medical student, was the school topper with 88%, while Surinder Singh of vocational stream stood second with 85% and Komalpreet Kaur of non-medical secured third position by securing 83% marks.
Students from more than two-dozen surrounding villages were getting education in the school in six streams — mechanical, civil, medical, non-medical, commerce and humanities, said the principal.
Besides these villages, students from Batala and Qadian are also studying in the school, which is in a remote area of Gurdaspur district.
Even last year, the school had produced 100% results in Class 10 and 12 examinations, with 20 out of the total of 200 students securing above 85% marks, while 10 students secured 90% in both the classes.
Talking about the lack of infrastructures, the principal said there were more than 1,000 students, but the school lacked almost everything, especially rooms and teachers, which was affecting the performance of the students.
The principal claimed, “Last year, six classrooms were demolished by the administration after being declared unsafe by the Public Works Department (PWD). At present, there is a shortage of 18 classrooms and the students are forced in sit in open classrooms.”
“I had repeatedly written to the higher authorities about the poor infrastructure and lack of other facilities at the school, but in vain. I am sure if appropriate staff and infrastructure is provided to our students, they will certainly get a place in the merit list,” he claimed.