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Poor pass percentage in Mysore, a cause for concern

By Our Staff Correspondent

MYSORE, MAY 8. Mysore district registered a poor performance in the SSLC examination this year with a pass percentage of 48.94 against the State average of 56.32 per cent.

However, the only consolation was the exceptionally good performance by a few individuals and schools.

Though the district fared poorly, it ranked fourth in the number of distinction holders.

Among individual performers, K. Prameetha of Marimallappa's High School scored 618 of 625 marks, which is among the highest in the State.

Chanda Gurudath of the same school secured 100 per cent in Kannada and is one among the 12 students in the State who have scored full marks in the language paper.

Sri Ramakrishna Vidyashala and SVEI High School are among the institutions that have performed well in the examination.

Sri Ramakrishna Vidyashala, which recently celebrated its platinum jubilee, secured 100 per cent results.

In all, 95 students had appeared for the examination from Sri Ramakrishna Vidyashala of whom, 53 secured distinction and 42 secured first class. SVEI High School too secured 100 per cent results, and the authorities said that it was a hat trick.

Similarly, Sadvidya High School secured 99.5 per cent while Marimallappa School recorded a pass percentage of 98. Other schools with impressive results included the Nirmala Convent school (98 per cent) and Gnana Ganga Vidya Peetha (96).

A total of 1,073 students from the district bagged distinction and Mysore is the fourth highest among the districts in terms of number of distinction holders. But the decline in terms of overall pass percentage has become a cause for worry. For, the district was known as the Mecca of modern education till recent times and had many firsts to its credits. As a centre with two universities, it is perceived that Mysore provides a perfect ambience for academic activities and continues to be the preferred choice for those pursuing higher education.

Yet, the quality of high school education seems to be eroding if the SSLC results are any indication. Urban Mysore may have fared relatively well but for a region that took pride in according importance to education when other centres were still groping in the dark, the fall is a cause for worry.

The outstanding performance by a few individual schools, all privately managed, in urban areas is a pointer to the difference in the quality of education imparted by government schools in rural areas.

With only Chamarajanagar, Gulbarga, and Kolar districts below Mysore in the overall ranking, the district has a formidable task ahead to improve its overall standing.

Our Chamarajanagar correspondent reports

The Chamarajanagar district has recorded a pass percentage of 57.87 in the SSLC examination. Of the 8,280 students who appeared for the SSLC examination, 4,792 students have passed. Boys (2,511) fared better than girls (2,281).

The Kollegal taluk with 77.96 per cent topped the district.

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