HYDERABAD: With Hyderabad being at the bottom in SSC pass percentage every year, district officials have taken up concerted efforts to improve the performance of students from the city schools in class 10 exams this year.
With just a month remaining for SSC exams to begin, which are scheduled to start from March 26, district education officials have taken up special drive both in public and private schools to review the preparation of students. What is notable in the efforts of education officials is that they have been putting more focus on private schools as these schools play a major role in deciding the pass percentage.
“About 80,000 students will appear for SSC examination this year from Hyderabad district. Among them 66,000 students are from private schools while 14,000 students are from government schools. With more than 80 percent of students, it is the performance of private school students, which matters most. Therefore we are focusing on not just government schools but also on private schools to improve SSC pass percentage,” district education officer Somi Reddy said.
Last year, Hyderabad registered a pass percentage of 76 in SSC. When the officials analyed the results for the past five years, it was found that among total 829 private schools in the district, 75 schools registered less than 50 pass percentage.
“It is shocking that private schools which were supposed to fare better in SSC exams are showing poor results than government schools. Already a review has been conducted with private schools on SSC exams and managements have been warned of closing the schools if they fail to improve their performance this year,” Somi Reddy further said.
As new syllabus and examination pattern are being introduced this academic year, district education department officials have conducted training classes for teachers of both private and government schools. Also special classes are conducted from January for students in government schools.
Officials have also distributed model examination papers to all schools to make students acquaint themselves with the new exam pattern. Pre-final examinations will be held from March 2 and final examination from March 26 to April 11. With a series of steps aimed at increasing pass percentage in SSC examinations, education department officials exude confidence that they would better the performance of Hyderabadi students in SSC this year.
Out of 829 private schools in the district, 75 schools registered less than 50 pc pass