Mohali district continued its dismal performance in the Punjab State Education Board (PSEB) class X results, with the second lowest pass percentage, and also the second lowest number of merit-holders in the state.
Of the 10,370 students who appeared in the examination, only 6,384 managed to pass, making it a pass percentage of 61.5. Moreover, only two students from Derabassi made it to the merit list of 384 students.
Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka, while announcing the results, took note of the poor performance by Mohali and said that explanations would be sought from teachers of the schools where students performed badly. He hinted that teachers related to VIPs sought postings in the district due to its proximity to the state capital, but failed to deliver.
“The VIP district has failed to perform yet again,” he remarked.
Maluka had also taken note of the district’s poor performance in the class XII board results, announced recently, in which there were only three merit-holders from the district.
Two students from Acharya Atma Ram Jain Model Senior Secondary School in Dera Bassi topped the district and made it to the merit list. Meenakshi Sharma emerged as the topper after securing 93.69 per cent marks, that is 609 marks out of 650. Meenakshi attributed the success to her parents and teachers, and said that she aimed to become a chemistry lecturer.
“Her hard work, dedication and sincerity have paid off and made us all proud. She used to study around four-five hours a day after classes and her dedication is so intense that she never relaxes before finishing a particular chapter,” said her father.
Khushdeep Singh of the same school scored 604 marks, that is 93.38 per cent, to attain the second position in the district. Singh, who was brought up by his uncle after his father passed away, said that he was keen to become a writer.
Principal Vimal Jain congratulated both students and said that they had made the school proud.