The School Education Department officials here have begun an intensive campaign focussing on both Government and private matriculation schools in the district to improve the performance of students in Standard X and Plus-Two public examinations.

The objective is to come within the top five positions in the State-wide performance ranking, Chief Educational Officer A. Gnanagowri told The Hindu here on Friday. While Coimbatore stood eighth in the State-wide pass percentage in Standard X public examination of 2013, it came tenth in the Plus-Two public examination.

The Department recently roped in a private consultant for a counselling programme in which 800 slow learners pursuing Plus-Two in Government schools took part. The students were taught techniques to improve their memory, enhance their concentration levels and arrest diversion. Another programme will be held shortly at Pollachi for the benefit of students studying in rural Government schools.

Special classes were being held twice a day in Government schools. Reading material would also be given to the slow learners, she said.

Further, vacancies were being filled in Government schools through the appointment of temporary staff. A total of 34 BT teachers have been posted for teaching Standard X along with another 35 postgraduate teachers for Plus-Two. Officials were conducting frequent inspections in Government schools, she added.

Private schools

Departing from the traditional approach where the focus of the Department was solely on government schools, special attention was also being given to private matriculation schools this year. “The pass percentage of private matriculation schools was around 95 per cent in the last public examinations. We want them to increase it further to improve the overall standing of the district,” Ms. Gnanagowri said.

The Standard X and Plus-Two quarterly examination results of the private schools were reviewed on Friday during the meeting in which the heads of private schools were called to discuss data entry operations under UDISE (Unified District Information System for Education). The results of Government and aided schools have already been reviewed.

Data entry for the nominal rolls, which will contain the final list of candidates appearing for the board examinations, was underway. The final list was expected to be completed by December 2013. As many as 45,863 students took the Standard X board examination of 2013 with 43,164 emerging successful to touch 94.12 per cent. Of the 36,070 candidates from 308 schools who took the Plus-Two board examination, 33,527 or 92.95 per cent passed.

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