Why Delhi govt schools again beat private institutions in CBSE 12th board results
Data show that while government schools have managed an 88-odd passing rate since 2011, the pass percentage of students in private schools has plummeted over the yearsdelhi Updated: May 30, 2017 11:22 IST
The CBSE results have brought a reason for the Delhi government to rejoice. A higher percentage of students studying in government schools passed the Central Board of Secondary Education’s 12th exams than those in private schools.
Out of total students who appeared for the Class 12 boards in Delhi, 88.27% of the those studying in government schools passed the exams, while only 79.27% students studying in private schools managed to clear it.
“We had seriously clamped down on cheating this year. During the exams last year, we found out that cheating had been almost ‘institutionalised’ in many places. So in fact, we had expected the pass percentage to drop by four-five percentage points but we have done better,” said Atishi Marlena, adviser to Delhi’s education minister Manish Sisodia, told HT.
Delhi government schools have consistently managed an 88-odd pass percentage since 2013. Last year, the pass percentage was 88.98% for government schools, while private schools had a pass percentage of 86.67%.
It is the support offered by the government that many government school teachers and principals believe is the reason behind the performance.
“Teachers’ professional growth and also the student’s academic progress were supported by many government schemes. Infrastructure was also boosted, which meant that the students were offered more ‘facilities’ to study,” explained BK Sharma, principal of the Shaheed Hemu Kalani Sarvodaya BalVidyalaya in Lajpat Nagar. Sharma’s school has secured a 93% pass percentage.
A little further south, the Government Boys Senior Secondary School in Sangam Vihar has reported a 99.35% pass percentage. “After Right to Education, the education sector has improved significantly in India. However, under the new government, education has been a big focus point. Sisodia (the education minister of Delhi) takes personal interest in it,” explained Ashok Tyagi, the principal of the Sangam Vihar school.
Education has indeed been the focus of the government, which introduced many schemes and initiatives to help boost the sector. Steps such as remedial classes for students of Class 10 and 12 were among them.
The government has also spent significant amounts of money on infrastructure. The government has piloted ‘model government schools’ in the national capital.
However, the pass percentages for government schools have tinkered around 88% since 2011. If the government had worked so hard at the sector, why were the results not even better, asked a few school principals.
“In fact, if you look at the pass percentages, they have dropped for many model schools this year. The Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya in Rouse avenue reported a 13% lower pass percentage than last year. The government spent so much on infrastructure at these schools, to what avail?” asked a principal from a government school.
The government, however, countered that change can only be gradual.
“This is a system that was in shambles for years. Educational reforms take almost 10 years to show visible results. In fact, even if after the clampdown on cheating we have managed an 88.27% pass percentage, then it definitely is an achievement,” said Marlena.