Case of diminishing return

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 6/1/2020 2:38:23 PM IST

 Results of both the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) and Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate(HSSLC) examination 2020 reconfirmed that female candidates performed better than male candidates. In the HSCL the overall pass percentage was 70.03% including repeaters and 86.28% excluding repeaters. In HSSLC exam results, the overall pass percentage was 75.47 and excluding repeaters was 86.31%. A total of 8470 female candidates and 7210 male candidates passed the HSCL exams. The figure showed that more female candidates passed the HSCL the male candidates. Again, among the Top 20 list, there were 55 candidates out of which 16 were males and 39 were females. In the HSLC examination 2020, a total of 34 schools drew a blank out of which there were 30 government and four private high schools. Government schools of seven districts- Dimapur, Kiphire, Peren, Mon, Wokha, Longleng and Zunheboto- drew a blank. Among government schools, Mokokchung district led with 8 out of 39 achieving 100 % pass, followed by Phek with 3 out of 35; Kohima with one out of 30 and Tuensang with one out of 24 achieving 100 % pass. In the HSLC examination results 2020, it was revealing that government schools in Dimapur and Kohima underperformed. Government high schools under Kohima district had only one school with 100% pass out of thirty while Dimapur had ‘nil’ results in all the 29 government high schools. It is a matter of concern that high schools in Dimapur and Kohima are not doing well. Government schools in Dimapur should seriously look into the flaws since it is regarded as among the developed districts. That government schools have been consistently under performing in HSLC examinations has become almost like a rule than the exception. In the HSSLC results, government HSS showed that female candidates did slightly better with 81.53 % pass as compared to 73.41% for male candidates. In private HSS, female candidates maintained their edge with 82.26% as compared with 74.55% for males. In commerce, under government HSS, male and female candidates were almost at par with 86.54% for female and 86.27% for male candidates. In private HSS, female candidates did better with 89.05% as compared to 78.35% among male candidates. In science stream under government HSS, females again performed better with 87.33% as against 75.33% for male candidates. In private HSS, female candidates did better with 91.88% as against 80.49% for male candidates. What the HSSLC examination results also reveal, is that government higher secondary schools were up to the mark. There is probably some thing that could be revealed in these results that comparatively suggest that in higher secondary school levels, private higher secondary schools do not enjoy much advantage as they did successive HSLC examinations. If various private educational institutions and candidates eagerly await declaration of HSLC examination results, probably the same positive expectation may be missing among government high schools and the state education department. The government spends a huge budget for the education department for over qualified teachers who unfortunately, haven’t been able to do justice to their qualifications etc. There is need to overhaul the entire system and it would be appropriate if the recommendations of the education commission to the government in 2000 be considered.


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