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Eight schools in Dakshina Kannada record zero pass percentage in SSLC

Govind D. Belgaumkar


MANGALORE: Dakshina Kannada, often referred to as the district of intelligent people, has a dubious distinction: It has eight schools where no student passed the SSLC examination this year.

It has left behind Bangalore South education district which has five such schools and Bangalore North education district and Tumkur district with three each.

This is the first time since 2006 (statistics for earlier years not available) that any school in the district had failed to ensure that at least one of its students passed the SSLC examination.

One has to see whether the unusual development is responsible for the district slipping from eighth place in the 2010 examination in district-wise ranking to 21s {+t} position this year. This is also the first time since 2006 that the district does not figure among the top 15 districts.

The schools showing poorest possible performance account for almost two per cent of all schools, a study of the statistics made available by the SSLC board shows. Students from 421 schools in the district appeared for the SSLC examination.

While only one school is bracketed in the group of schools that have 0-40 per cent of the students succeeding in the examination, the rest of the schools – 412 of them – have more than 40 per cent of the students becoming eligible to pursue pre-university courses. This is a significant improvement for the district which had 14 such schools being bracketed in this category last year.

The district, however, witnessed a negative trend in the category that refers to schools where 40 to 60 per cent of the students have succeeded in SSLC examination. The district had about 15 per cent of the schools in this category last year and this has come down to 7.6 per cent.

If you take the absolute numbers, 61 schools were in the category last year and this is down to 32 schools this year. There is a marginal drop in the category of schools where 60 to 80 per cent of the students have passed SSLC. While nearly 31 per cent of schools achieved the distinction last year, only 28 per cent of them could reach the milestone this year.

Sixty-three per cent (267) of schools, however, have more than 80 per cent of the students coming out in flying colours this year.

Last year, only half of the schools in the district could lay such a claim.

Deputy Director of Public Instruction C. Chame Gowda, who was not aware of the eight schools that failed to produce single successful candidate, said he would identify them soon and take remedial measures.

He said that it was possible that they could be newly started schools with inadequate infrastructure.

Speaking over the phone from Mysore, he said that he could not pay attention to this as he was away to attend a court case.

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