While several crores of tax-payers’ money is being pumped in for government run schools, the CBSE Class X board examination results on Monday showed that the “huge expenditure” is going to the drains.
Figures of pass percentage in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class X examinations showed that only 52.67 per cent government school students from eight states in Northeast could pass the examination.
While the national average pass percentage was 91.1 per cent, the private schools in the region performed better with 92.73 percent.
It is not immediately clear why the pass percentage of government schools is so poor compared to national average and private schools in Guwahati zone but CBSE officials claimed the schools of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh contributed to decline in pass percentage.
“The performance of government schools is poor because of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. The two states have been faring poorly for quite some time. They do not have state education boards and all schools are run under CBSE,” said an official on condition of anonymity.-
CBSE officials said the overall pass percentage in Guwahati zone, which comprises eight northeastern states, was 74.49 this year against 62.29 per cent in 2018.
The Guwahati region has witnessed a 12 per cent improvement in pass percentage compared to last year.
A total of 63,238 candidates from 966 schools of the region appeared in the examination in 337 centres of which 42,285 students passed successfully.
There is no much difference in pass percentage this year between boys and girls students. The pass percentage of boys students was 74.61 per cent and that of girls was 74.36 per cent.
Although the overall pass percentage of government schools is disappointing, Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) recorded the best results in the Guwahati zone with 98.47 per cent, followed by the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVS) where pass percentage was 95.73 per cent.