While Vellore district ranked 28th in the results of the Plus Two examinations in the State with 85 per cent pass percentage (around 4 per cent more than last year), an analysis of the results shows that students had not performed well in vocational subjects of economics, commerce and accountancy even as the government schools had improved their performance. Despite the fact that 21 students were able to secure centum in accountancy, four in economics and two in commerce, around 16 per cent failure in these three subjects had pulled down the overall performance of the district.
Out of the 7,885 students who appeared for the economics exam, 925 had failed, closely followed by 1,344 out of 9,215 in commerce and 1,601 out of 8,071 in accountancy exam. The performance in mathematics had added to the overall damage. Out of the 21,783 students who had appeared, only 19,676 cleared mathematics exam leading to around 20 per cent failure, though 61 scored centum in the subject. Though 45 students secured centum in physics, 35 in chemistry, 11 in botany and 19 in computer science, these subjects had also contributed to a failure percentage of 4 to 10 per cent.
Vellore has two educational districts of Vellore and Tirupattur housing a total of 300 schools (comprising government, aided and private schools). Out of the 41,337 students, who had appeared for the Plus Two examinations, 35,186 had passed. While the chunk of students who failed were from the government schools, compared with last year, the government schools have done better this year.
Out of the 23,009 students, who had appeared from the 149 government schools in the district, 18,268 passed taking the pass percentage to 79.4 per cent, as compared with last year’s 73.9 per cent. Thirty-three government schools achieved 90-98 per cent pass percentage, 47 schools between 80 and 90 per cent, 27 schools between 70 and 80 per cent. The Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Natrampalli emerged first among the government schools achieving 98 per cent pass result with (213 students passing out of the 217). The 33 aided schools did better by maintaining the pass percentage to 90.9 per cent while the 89 private schools achieved 97 per cent pass result.
While the two schools at Perumugai and Arakkonam run by the Adi-Dravida Welfare Department continued to achieve 100 per cent pass result like last year, 50 private schools also achieved the same feat this year, as against a total of 35 last year. The Government Girls Higher Secondary School at Gudalore achieved the dubious distinction of scoring the lowest pass result of 30 per cent in the district. Out of the 215 students who appeared for the exams, only 65 could secure pass marks.
This year, 3,055 students (majority from the government schools) from the district have managed to score over 1,000/1,200, that would open avenues for admission for them to professional courses such as engineering or medicine, added the Chief Educational Officer P Subramani.