THE CITY known as a hub of higher education in Punjab fared badly in the senior secondary results declared by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) on Friday. Out of 341 students on the merit list, only three are from the district. Of them, two are students of Meritorious Schools while one studies at government model senior secondary school.
Three students Chanpreet Kaur, Navjot Kaur and Rajwinder Kaur are all joint toppers and secured 431 (95.78 per cent) marks each.
However, the poor show again raised questions about the government schools of the district despite all of them having required strength of teachers and other infrastructure.
The district has a pass percentage of 69.11 per cent while the overall pass percentage is 77.06 per cent. Around 8,500 students took the board examination in the district this year, and 5,922 passed the examination.
Last year, the pass percentage, 67.77 per cent, was lesser than this year but eight students managed to find a place on the merit list. In 2014 only three students were on the merit list while only two students were on the merit list in 2013. The pass percentage in 2014 was better so far in the last three years. In 2014 the district had a pass percentage of 78.09 per cent.
The Mohali district is ahead of Tarn Taran district which has one student on the merit list, Pathankot which has two students on the list and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawa Shahar) which has only one student on the merit list this year.
PSEB chairperson Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal said that it was strange that the district which had adequate number of teachers in all the government schools and good infrastructure was doing badly in the results every year. She added that although PSEB could not take any action against the teachers, the education department should certainly look into the matter.