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Posted at: Jun 14, 2018, 2:07 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2018, 2:07 AM (IST)

PSEB results: Border belt districts fare poorly

PSEB results: Border belt districts fare poorly
Not a single student of Government Senior Secondary School in Tarn Taran’s Thathi Khara cleared the Class X PSEB exams.

Divya Sharma

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 13

Compared to last year, government schools in the border belt fared poorly in the Class X Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) examinations. One reason for this is the check on mass copying that had been the practice over the years in Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur districts. Teachers, however, point out other reasons as well.

Last year, Gurdaspur had topped the state with a pass percentage of 86.97 followed by Amritsar (83.95 per cent) and Tarn Taran (80.62 per cent).

This year, Gurdaspur slumped to 16th rank with a pass percentage of 59.96 and Amritsar to 19th rank with a pass percentage of 54.86. Tarn Taran is at the bottom; 22nd rank with a pass percentage of 33.34.

In all, 14 schools of Amritsar district fared poorly. In some schools, none of the students cleared the examinations. And these schools are located in rural areas.

Two Amritsar-based schools — one in Sharifpura and the other in Ram Bagh — have zero per cent result in spite of having a good infrastructure. Ram Bagh school Principal Arbinder Kaur points to the no-detention policy for poor academic level of students, while officiating Principal of the Sharifpura school Kanta Devi feels students were not ready for changes.

She said, “Students did not take their examinations seriously as they thought they will be able to cheat.”

Government teacher Ashwani Awasthi said, “The poor performance did not surprise me as students did not get books in time. The students are used to cheating. Hence, they did not take studies seriously.”

Amritsar Deputy District Education Officer (DEO) Rekha Mahajan said, “There has been a lapse, as a result of which results have been affected.”

In Tarn Taran, the performance has been the worst. Only 33.34 per cent of students cleared Class X. Dramatic scenes were witnessed during the examinations with Education Secretary Krishan Kumar conducting surprise inspections followed by sudden change of centres.

Balkar Singh Valtoha, general secretary, Government School Teachers’ Union, said: “Students are used to mass copying. They did not take anti-cheating steps seriously. Students claim that cheating is their right. This is not the first time when a strict anti-cheating policy affected the results of the district.”

Government High School in Bhusse village is among several schools that performed poorly. Not a single student out of 26 cleared the examinations. School headmaster Paramjit Bhatti blames it on shortage of teachers.

Tarn Taran DEO Nirmal Singh said, “Several posts of teacher are lying vacant. In certain blocks, there is a shortage of mathematics and English teachers.”

The situation is no different in Gurdaspur, but it is better in terms of pass percentage. Gurdaspur DEO Rakesh Bala said, “Gurdaspur has not performed badly. Having said that, the district faces shortage of teachers.”

Inputs from Gurbaxpuri from Tarn Taran

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