This year too City schools have recorded the lowest pass percentage in comparison to the rest of the State. While teachers blame students’ lack of interest, parents hold the T-agitations responsible
After education minister K Parthasarathi finished his bypoll election campaign, which was much more important for him that the scheduled SSC results date, he declared the results last morning after keeping students and parents anxious for one whole day. Nearly 12,74,047 regular and private candidates appeared for the examinations held on March 2012. Of this 10,49,689 were regular students and 2,24,358 were private candidates. The State pass percentage for regular candidates is 87.84, of which the girls’ pass percentage is 88.76 and boys’ is 86.97.
However, what’s more surprising is that this year too the State capital has managed to come last with just 76.94 pass percentage. This is not a new phenomenon, for five years Hyderabad has the least pass percentage in the State.If we thought that this is due to the ‘T’ agitation then guess we have got it all wrong. Karimnagar, which is in Telengana region, scored highest pass percentage of 93.38. Hence, it clearly states that it is not the Telengana agitation that caused 60,328 students to fail in Hyderabad.
“It’s nothing new. This has been happening for the last five to six years. Hyderabad always comes last. This is happening because of students’ attitude. These days even if teachers give their best students are not receiving it well. They are living in an unreal world where Play station and Facebook is more important that history and geography.
“No student is weak or dull. In fact, it takes a lot of hard work to fail in State board exam. If students have not fared well in Hyderabad then it’s only because of the lifestyle in the City and the false show-off world where studying is not a criteria,” says Gauri Naidu, private School teacher.Fifteen schools secured a zero pass percentage this year of which 12 were private schools On a contrary note, Indira Srinivas, principal of Gowtham Model School, believes that as Hyderabad is a metropolitan City students have several other activities and these are equally important as studies.
“In villages and other districts they studying is the only activity. This is not the case in Hyderabad; we have so many extra circular activities, so we cannot compare them with Hyderabad students. Hyderabad students are street smart and that is what counts in this day and age,” she said.Stress and peer pressure is also a common factor in City students and has caused this downfall.
“We do the best that we can, but the atmosphere also matters. These days most parents send their child to special tuition classes and this is the cause of all problems. They are stressed out and last minute they forget every thing,” says Surekha Pandurangan, principal, Keyes Girls High School.
Most government school teachers were on the 45-day ‘sakala jana samme’ strike. Despite that government schools have done well. As compared to last year, the Zilla Parishad schools have seen an increase of almost double in the number of students passing the Class X examinations this year. The government school pass percentage in the City has increased from 56 per cent to 86 per cent in the last five years.
“Undoubtedly, we were shut for a long span of time but then for 16 constitutive Sundays we took extra classes. Not just that, since day one government school teachers have been giving extra importance to Class X students. Secondly, government school teachers are highly qualified as compared to the new corporate schools where any one can teach. Government school teachers this year have taken special interest and this truly shows in the results” says Padamaja W, teacher, Centenary Baptist Church School.Government school teachers are on cloud nine as all their efforts of taking extra classes and Sunday classes have yielded good results this year too.
However, parent associations blame the agitation as the cause of poor pass percentage of students. “Government school teachers were a part of the strike but they all got back to the routine schedule. Private school student’s attitude changed after the agitation. They took everything for granted. It’s the political instability that has resulted in their failure to perform well in board exams,” complains SS Liaquat, president, Greater Hyderabad School Association.
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