Post Mortem

An insight into 2019 HSLC result

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 6/26/2019 12:15:43 PM IST

 The 2019 HSLC result drew some conclusions that need to be pondered upon as food for thought by all and sundry.

Inference: Out of the tenth ranked twenty one, there were only nine Nagas or 43 percent and the rest fifty seven percent were from outside of our community. Percentile for the topper was 98 which is almost equal to all India ranking marks. The 2019 HSLC topper under Secondary Education Board of Assam scored 99 percent.

Deduce: 83 schools scored 100 percent pass result and 24 schools had nil result with an overall pass percentage of 68.29. The pass percentage viewed from the last five years is gradually increasing from 65.19 percent in 2014 to 66.01 percent in 2018 and 68.29 percent in 2019. Here again, sharing of pass percentage is private schools 84.76 and Government run schools 43.32. Again girls performed better with 51.75 percent compared to boys 48.25 percent. This 68.29 pass percent may increase as another grade of unqualified students have sat for compartmental exam.

Extrapolate: Twenty four schools with nil pass tags are mostly from rural and semi-urban areas and surely will be lacking behind with others in all spheres and are the offshoots of the Right to Education Policy but are turning to be a non-performing assets of the department. To overcome this, residential type of cluster approach may be a good forward solution. The present Delhi government took a bold step to improve the quality of infrastructure and teaching in government schools from 2015 by setting aside as much as 26 percent of the budget for education- compared to just 3.3 percent by the union government and the result was evident from the 2018 CBSE 12 results where government schools with 91 pass percent overtook private institutions with 88.35 percent.

I heard of an instance of a Naga boy wanting to join the Army but could not go through the recruitment process though having requisite class X pass certificate but with failed subject in mathematics. Till the eighties supplementary exams were conducted for the failed candidates to clear the main subjects- because cannot be recovered by the additional subject and secure atleast the minimum pass mark of 30 and girl students had the option to opt for domestic science in lieu of mathematics. By the way where have all the good old subjects like English 11(specifically for Grammar, composition & usage), Geography, History, Commercial geography, Hygiene gone which are all subjects leading to degree, post graduate & PhD courses.

With science and math as the challenge for the Nagas, can we think of offering advance science for students wanting to study biology based life sciences and advance mathematics for students wanting to study mathematics based physical sciences as the sixth subject along with general science and general mathematics at the class X level itself.

Epilogue: They say Finland has the best education system in the world because they learn but don’t do homework or do homework for 10-20 minutes and play, socialize, spend time with the family and do other activities like music, sports, art, carpentry etc and they emphasize that a student should learn things happily. By the way do we also not encourage our students to go for other jobs rather than white collar jobs? Than the resource planning and development has to start from the school level itself.

Our school bags are not only over-weight but are also laden with home works and so our students are always homework mood and not happy. Cos, “when we learn with pleasure we never forget” (With due apology from Alfred Mercier).

Dr. N. Mhonchan Shitiri 

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