The Mysore education district's slide in the SSLC examination continued as the district slipped from the 21st rank last year to the 26th position in the 2009-10 examination, the results of which were announced on Thursday.

Of the 37,810 students who appeared for the SSLC examination from the district this year, 23,614 passed, with the pass percentage being 62.45. This is almost 10 percentage points lower than last year's figure of 72.84.

The district's performance is dismal compared to neighbouring Mandya, which has been ranked 3rd in the State and Chamarajanagar, though ranked 20, has performed better than Mysore.

Attributing the slide to the shortage of teachers, Deputy Director of Public Instruction Nagendra Kumar said the department had started recruiting teachers to the 272 vacancies in the district. Emphasis would be laid on improving the pass percentage, with teachers focussing on the new question paper pattern so students would be familiar with it before the examination, he said.

While 22 schools secured cent per cent results, six schools in the district recorded zero pass percentage. Girls, as usual, outperformed boys. Among the 22, are three government schools, including the Government School for the Deaf and Blind.

Students in Mysore city fared relatively better than their rural counterparts, with Mysore South taluk topping the list with a pass percentage of 72.32. The performance of other taluks is as follows: T. Narsipur (67.35); K.R. Nagar (54); Nanjangud (56.10); Mysore North (64.63); H.D. Kote (51.27) and Periyapatana (62.27 per cent).

Among the schools in Mysore Sri Ramakrishna Vidyashala continued its tradition of securing cent per cent results; of the 98 students who appeared for the examination, 62 passed with distinction and the rest with first class. K.C. Tharun Joyappa is the school topper, securing 608 out of 625 marks. Marimallappa High School, well known for its track record, lived up to its previous performances: of the 476 students who appeared for the examination, 118 students passed with distinction, of which 10 students notched a score over 600.

Thirty-three students of Sadvidya High School secured over 600 marks. B.R. Aishwarya, one of the State toppers, is a student of the school.

Improvement

Chamarajanagar Correspondent writes:

Chamarajanagar district recorded a pass percentage of 66.02 in the SSLC examination, standing 20th in the State, a substantial improvement from last year's 30th position. Of the 11,518 students who appeared for the examination, 7,604 have passed: 13 with distinction, 1,976 with first class, 1,868 with second class and 3,601 with pass class. Of the 175 schools in the district, only eight unaided and one aided schools have secured cent per cent results. Of the 1,452 private candidates, 294 students have passed.

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