Academic year 2010-11 will remain etched in the Coimbatore Corporation's annals for a long time to come.
The credit goes to two class X students who have secured district ranks.
V. Lakshmi of Corporation S.R.P. Ammani Ammal Girls' Higher Secondary School, R.S. Puram, and S. Venkatesh of Corporation P. Kamalanathan Memorial Higher Secondary School did the civic body proud by scoring 492 to share the district second rank in the S.S.L.C. stream.
The girl scored centum in maths and science. And the boy scored centum in maths and missed it by a mark in science and social science.
Commissioner Anshul Mishra said the students' performance and the overall result this year had vindicated the Corporation's stand regarding the quality of education in the schools.
“For long the Corporation has been saying that the quality of education in the civic body-administered schools has been good. The students' performances have only made it loud and clear.”
Along with the teachers' performance, initiatives like providing question bank, holding study centres, improving infrastructure, etc. have also played a role, Mr. Mishra adds.
As many as 1,155 boys and 1,840 girls from 16 higher secondary schools and 10 high schools wrote the class X examination.
Of those, 745 boys and 1,565 girls cleared the examination for a pass percentage of 64.5 and 85.05 respectively.
The civic body's schools' overall pass percentage is 75.54.
The best performing Corporation school was the school at North Coimbatore, which recorded an impressive pass percentage of 94.11. Fourteen of the 15 boys and both the girls cleared the examination.
The school at Kovilmedu stood second in terms of over-all performance by recording a pass percentage of 92.03.
In the run-up to the public examination, the Corporation mandated its teachers to come up with a list of one-mark questions to enable the students to score high marks.
Select teachers of a discipline from the schools got together and came up with the list of questions, which the Corporation distributed to students.
The civic body also asked the schools to conduct special revision examination to boost the performance.
Mr. Mishra says the two students' performance will encourage the students who will take up public examination in March 2012 and also in the years to come.