EDUCATION: Pass per cent lowest in Cooch Behar Dip in score blamed on poor set-up, attendance

EDUCATION: Pass per cent lowest in Cooch Behar Dip in score blamed on poor set-up, attendance – No Gorkha teachers on Bengal Govt payroll, all busy with private tuitions ?!!

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FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Cooch Behar, June 4: The success rate of Cooch Behar in the Higher Secondary exams is the lowest in the state this time with the pass percentage hitting 65, a significant drop from 75 last year.

Although the schools in Cooch Behar town like Jenkins and Suniti Academy fared well as usual, the results were dismal in the rural areas and the smaller towns.

A worried district inspector of schools, Subodh Kumar Chatterjee, said he would begin a school-wise analysis to find out what went wrong. “We will have to analyse the results and pinpoint the reasons why the results were so poor this year,” he said.

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In Calcutta, Onkar Sadhan Adhikari, the president of the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education, said: “The district-wise scenario shows a wide disparity in pass percentages across the state with Calcutta recording the highest pass percentage of 90.26 and Cooch Behar recording the lowest pass percentage. All concerned need to examine why the success rate has declined in Cooch Behar.”

Most of the head teachers in Cooch Behar said students from the rural belt had done badly.

“There is a huge gap in infrastructure between the schools in town and those elsewhere. The school education department’s recent penchant to upgrade a large number of secondary schools to the Higher Secondary level is being done without any improvement in the infrastructure. The students are subject to tremendous pressure because of lack of classrooms and also teachers,” the headmaster of a school in Toofanganj said.

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Fazlur Rehman, the headmaster of Putimari High School near Dinhata, about 30km from here, said his institution had a 100 per cent success rate in Madhyamik every year. “Those who do well in the Madhyamik do not take admission in my school and prefer to study in the well-known schools in Cooch Behar town for the Plus Two. Those who do not get admission elsewhere remain in Putimari. There is also tremendous pressure from political parties to admit more students,” Rehman said.

He said precious teaching time was wasted when the school was used as venues for Madhyamik and university exams. Dinhata College, for example, often used the four schools, including Putimari, as venue for its BA and BSc university exams.

Arpita Roy, the headmistress of lesser-known Mahatma Gandhi Girls High School in Cooch Behar town, said attendance was very poor in her institution. “Most of the girls who study here had hardly attended classes and scored very poor marks at the secondary level. Instead, they prefer to take private tuition. These factors have affected the results. We had 66 girls appearing for the Higher Secondary examination and only 23 have passed making the pass percentage 34, even lower than the district average,” she said.

Madhabi Das, the headmistress of Suniti Academy where the success rate is 99 per cent this year, also feels that poor attendance is the reason behind the dismal performance.

“The overall bad results in the district is because students are dependent on private tuition. Another aspect is that students who do a little well in Madhyamik tend to do their Plus Two with science subjects. Everybody is not cut out for science,” she said.

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