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UP Board: Over 11 lakh examinees flunk Hindi paper

Hindustan Times, Allahabad | By K Sandeep Kumar, Allahabad
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2018 05:44 PM IST

A whopping 11.19 lakh examinees have failed to clear their Hindi paper in UP Board’s high school and intermediate examinations, the results of which were declared on April 29.

According to UP Board’s records, out of the total 34,33,027 high school examinees about 7,80,582 students (22.73 per cent) have failed in Hindi while in intermediate, 3,38,776 (13 per cent) out of 26,04,093 examinees could not flunked in their Hindi paper.

In terms of percentage, more students have passed in English examination than in Hindi.

About 80.85 per cent students cleared English examination at the intermediate level against 79.99 per cent who passed in Hindi. Even 91.15 per cent students passed in Urdu.

In high school too, 77.26 per cent (26,52,445) passed in Hindi while pass percentage in English remained marginally lower at 75.91 per cent (24,00,477).

Last year, at least 7,44,128 students failed in Hindi in intermediate and 5,43,264 could not clear their paper in high school.

In intermediate examination, 89.04 per cent students passed their Hindi examination while 81.28 per cent were successful in high school in 2017.

Similarly in 2016, 95.67 per cent intermediate and 82.25 per cent high school students passed the Hindi examination while the figure was 81 per cent in high school and 89 per cent in intermediate in 2015.

Many students, parents and teachers believe too much focus on English and Science was behind the large number of students failing in Hindi.

Another reason, according to them, is the overconfidence that Hindi being their mother tongue, even little time devoted to the subject would suffice.

Principal, Madhav Gyan Kendra Intermediate College in Naini Pradeep Tripathi said, “The focus of parents and students is on clearing competitive exams. Students devote their time to science, mathematics and English believing this will help clear competitive examinations and neglect Hindi.”

He said growing obsession of computers had also affected the performance of students in Hindi.

A lecturer of Hindi at Government Inter College in Allahabad Nirmal Kumar Jaiswal said, “The trend is worrisome. In times of globalisation, there is a belief that good command over science, mathematics and English can help secure a good career and social standing. It is natural for students to have less interest in Hindi in such a situation.”

“The problem is also compounded by shortage of teachers, lopsided teacher-taught ratio and involvement of teachers in non-teaching activities,” he added.

Dilip Kumar Awasthi, a member of UP Board’s syllabus committee, said overconfidence of students with Hindi being their mother tongue was behind their failure to clear the paper.

“Students do not focus much on Hindi vocabulary and writing skills. This culminates in their poor showing in board examination. The age of mobile texting and WhatsApp messaging has also contributed to the problem,” he added.

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