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Private schools disappointed

Several Private schools have voiced their disappointment over the English results, reports Ritika Chopra.
Hindustan Times | By Ritika Chopra, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2008 12:17 AM IST

Several Private schools have voiced their disappointment over the English results.

Principals of many schools across the city — including Springdales, Dhaula Kuan; Modern School, Vasant Vihar; Delhi Police Public School, Safdarjung Enclave; Laxman Public School, Hauz Khas; and Springdales, Pusa Road, — expressed concern over the unexpected dismal performance of some of their brightest students in English. Students who want to apply for English (Honours) are even more disappointed as DU had recently announced the abolishment of its entrance exam for the English course. Applicants will now qualify on the basis of their board marks.

Radhika Marwah, a student of Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, wants to study English in colleges like Miranda House or Lady Shri Ram. She was upset over her English score. “This is absolute nonsense. I am the editor-in-chief of our school magazine and I’ve got just 81 in English. I’ve scored 90 and above in all the other subjects. Qualifying for the course of my choice will be difficult now,” she said.

“The results are shocking. There are students whose aggregate without English comes to over 96 per cent and with English it’s 92 per cent. It’s a pity to see that our school topper, who has otherwise scored excellent marks in other subjects, has managed only 79 in English. We would definitely want to bring this to the notice of the Board and get the answer sheets revaluated,” said Jyoti Bose, principal of Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan.

Principal of Modern School, Vasant Vihar, Goldy Malhotra echoed Bose’s views. “What will happen to students who wanted to study English. With the Entrance exam discontinued, it will be difficult for them to qualify,” she said.

Usha Ram, principal, Laxman Public School, said she has already met the CBSE chairman to discuss this issue. “He has also expressed concern over this. He feels that there are not enough good teachers to check papers and that the Board will have to look into the same,” Ram said.

During the press conference on Friday morning, Ganguly, however, had a different opinion. “Yes, this year we have only one student who has scored 100 in English, but I don’t think students overall have performed badly.”

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