Chandigarh tricity fails to produce national toppers
Three Chandigarh students secured AIR 2, joint AIR 3 last year.education Updated: May 27, 2018 13:52 IST
Tricity schools have failed to produce any national topper in Class 12 exams conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education.
Last year, Chandigarh hogged the limelight after Bhoomi Sawant of non-medical stream secured second all-India rank (AIR) with 99.4% while Mannat Luthra and Aditya Jain, of commerce, secured joint AIR 3 with 99.2% marks.
Barring humanities, Chandigarh schools could not even produce tricity toppers despite the fact that 19,717 students were enrolled from here against 1,310 in Panchkula and 2,113 in Mohali.
Vineeta Arora, principal of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, from where Mannat and Aditya had studied, said the results this year is disappointing.
“Marks in English have been below expectations, bringing down the overall percentage of students,” she said.
Chandigarh proves to be poor cousin
Chandigarh has also pulled down the tricity’s performance by securing only 79.3 pass percentage as compared to the national average of 83.1.
Panchkula, which often accuses Chandigarh of taking away the entire “cream” of students after the Class-10 results due to the UT quota in colleges, has not only produced toppers in three streams but has the highest pass percentage in the tricity, at 90.1.
Even Mohali has scored above the national average and improved its results from 82.1% last year to 83.4%.
Last year, too, Chandigarh was at the bottom. The UT is also at the bottom in the CBSE’s Panchkula region, which also comprises Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.
Poor performance of government school students is seen as one of the reasons. According to results compiled by the UT education department, only 73% of 11,280 students passed the exams in government schools while 86% of 8,437 students of private schools cleared the exams in Chandigarh.
Meanwhile, girls proved their mettle in the tricity. As compared to 76.2% boys, 85.6% girls have cleared the exams. Of the total 23,140 students who appeared from the tricity, 12,984 were boys and 10,156 were girls.