With city government schools recording a low pass percentage of 68.30 in the class XII CBSE examinations this year, the inefficiency of the UT Education Department in providing basic facilities to several city schools has again come to light. Academicians believe while students of several city government schools lack practical exposure, many schools have also failed to generate student interest, thus contributing to the poor show.
After the Tricity recorded a low pass percentage of 74.92 in the class XII CBSE examination this year, the UT Education Department has, however, sprung into action and sought a written explanation from 17 government schools that recorded a dip in the student pass percentage. Across the 111 government schools in the city, the pass percentage was recorded at merely 68.30 per cent, with only 7,831 of the total 11,475 students passing the examination.
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A teacher from Government Senior Secondary School, Kaimbwala, which has recorded the lowest pass percentage of merely 5.88 this year, told Chandigarh Newsline, “We have failed to retain students of classes XI and XII in the classrooms. Students are just not interested in the subjects, and as a result are absent from classes. The Education Department has failed to allocate its time and resources to government schools in the villages, which eventually record a low pass percentage.”
Not only this, the Education Department has also fallen short of providing textbooks to several government school students thus far. “If students do not get the books at the right time, how can they be expected to take their studies seriously? There is always a blame game that keeps going on within the Education Department over pending issues, and that adversely affects the students,” said Swarn Singh Kamboj, president of UT Cadre Educational Employees’ Union.
Teachers of city government schools highlight that there is a lack of interest even on part of several teachers. “Many teachers just avail the child care leave right before the board examinations. As a result, the students studying in their classes are unable to get any guidance. The Education Department needs to enforce foolproof policies to make sure that students get the right amount of attention,” Kamboj added.
Elaborating on consistent poor performance of students in government schools, a teacher from GMSSS Modern Housing Complex said, “There are these few model schools that get ample attention from the Education Department, but the other schools in the villages and peripheral areas have problems like lack of proper laboratories for practical exposure, unregulated student attendance, alarmingly high student-teacher ratios. These are the schools where students with CGPAs as low as 3 to 4 are also admitted, but no special attention is given in order to help them get better.”
For now, in an attempt to take corrective measures to improve on Chandigarh’s poor performance, the Education Department has called a meeting with city school principals, and explanations are also being sought from teachers whose students have recorded a fall of more than 5 per cent in their results. According to Director School Education Rubinderjit Singh Brar, all schools have been directed to submit their reports by Monday after which a detailed stream-wise analysis of the results will be done.
An official from the UT Education Department added, “The Education Department has taken up new projects like the smart classroom project this year. All we are trying to do is to improve the student learning experience. There is still a lot of ground to be covered, but we shall have a clearer idea after these reports are analyzed, and action will be initiated accordingly.”
No classes between 8 am and 3 pm
In an attempt to limit student absenteeism from classrooms, starting from Thursday, Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi has now issued instructions to private coaching centres in the city not to conduct classes between 8 am and 3 pm. The order will be effective for the next 60 days, after which fresh inspections will be conducted.