Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala School Teachers Association (KSTA) has refuted rumours that the pass percentage of this year’s SSLC examination was artificially boosted.

Its general secretary C. Usman told mediapersons on Sunday that the propaganda was the creation of a UDF-supported lobby “that has commercialised education.”

In 2004, the pass percentage for the SSLC examinations was 70.56, after moderation.

Next year, when grading was introduced, this fell to 58.49 per cent. This is proof that grading and continuous evaluation do not mean that there is an artificial surge in marks.

A study conducted by the Kozhikode district panchayat has revealed that the pass percentage of the SSLC examination without counting the continuous evaluation component is about 85 per cent. This makes it all the more clear that CE does not artificially hike pass percentages, he said.

The quality improvement programme of the department of education was partially hit by the negative attitude of the UDF which feared that a success in the education sector would be interpreted by the public as a success for the LDF.

It is unfortunate that the UDF could not see the good performance of the students as a success for Kerala’s society as a whole.

A new work culture is needed in schools — one which will ensure that there are at least 200 working days in a year, he added.