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Summative Assessment (SA-1) exams: Govt schools continue their poor show

Around 60 pc class IX students fail to score above 33 per cent in each of 5 subjects, 70 per cent students of class XI score below average.

City government schools continue to record a dismal performance as around 60 per cent of class IX students have failed to score above 33 per cent in each of the five subjects in the Summative Assessment (SA-1) exams held last month. However, they managed to clear their exams with marginal scores.

Around 70 per cent students of class XI in a majority of the government schools have scored below average (50 per cent) in their SA-1 exams. The schools on the city’s periphery have recorded the worst results while in some schools, including Raipur Khurd, Kaimbwala, 38(W), Sector 26 (TM), Maulijagran, only 30 per cent of the class XI students have cleared their exams.

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In Government Model High School (GMHS), Vikas Nagar, out of a total of 433 class IX students, around 250 have cleared the exam; in GMHS-25, out of 250 students, 150 have passed; in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Karsan, out of 300 students, 180 have cleared the exam; in Government Senior Secondary School (GSSS), Khuda Ali Sher, out of 190 students, 95 have passed the exam; and in GMSSS-56 which has 12 sections of class IX, around 450 students out of 650 have cleared the exam.

Similarly, at Maloya, GMSSS-20, Sector 23 NYC, GMSSS-46, GSSS-45 and GSSS-MMT, only around 55 per cent of the class XI students have passed their exams.

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The question paper being prepared by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for class IX, inadequate ‘lecturers’, vacant posts and junior level teachers being made to teach higher classes are among the reasons being blamed for the poor performance of the students.

Claiming that the lack of adequate teachers is the key reason for the poor performance in periphery schools, one of the principals of a senior secondary school on the periphery says, “At present I have seven posts of lecturers but considering the strength of students in our school, the posts need to be doubled. In humanities stream, I have eight sections and in each one of them, there are around 70 students. If one teacher is looking after five sections of class IX, X and XI, how can one expect her to cover all the sections of class XI and XII as well?”

However, one of the senior lecturers at GMSSS, Sarangpur, Rajbir Rana says that if a trained graduate teacher starts teaching political science to class XI or XII, how far he/she will be able to make the students understand the basics of politics.

TGTs (who teach classes VI-X) who are made to teach higher secondary classes do not take responsibility for the results because they know that nobody will question them,” Rana adds.