POOR,destitute and orphan students from the SC and ST community,studying in schools run by the Andhra Pradesh governments social welfare department,have performed extremely well in the SSC or class 10 exams this year,beating the general pass percentage and outperforming students tutored in expensive private coaching classes.
Results for the 2012-13 academic year declared Friday showed that of the 14,019 students from the departments residential schools who appeared for the exams in March-April,13,213 passed a staggering 94.25 per cent against the general pass average of 88 per cent.
Of the 279 such schools in the state,101 schools secured a 100 per cent pass result.
According to the AP Social Welfare Residential Education Society which runs these schools,273 students scored 9.5 to 10 out of 10 GPA or 595-600 marks out of 600. At least 20 per cent students got A2 grades,while 10 per cent got A1 grade.
These students have created history this time… 273 students scoring 95 to 100 per cent is no mean achievement considering their family backgrounds and the fact that a majority of them took to English only four years ago, said Dr R S Praveen Kumar,secretary of the society. Eighty-seven per cent of the students studying in our schools belong to extremely poor SC families,the rest are from ST and other backward communities. Their parents are either manual labourers or daily-wagers.
Kumar credited the success to the P5 programme introduced last year to turn around education in government schools in the state. This included training teachers better,using technology to teach,and organising lectures by native community and academic experts,he said.