Staff Reporter

Pass percentage 27 in recently announced CBSE Class X results

NEW DELHI: Non-availability of textbooks, funds and resources from State governments and "non-serious attitude of most teachers" are among many causes that have contributed to Urdu medium schools across the country scoring a poor pass percentage of 27 in the recently announced Central Board of Secondary Education Class X results, states a new survey report by a non-government organisation, Friends for Education.

While nine Urdu schools in Andhra Pradesh scored zero pass percentage, Bihar scored 27 per cent, Delhi 20 per cent, Punjab 24 per cent, Madhya Pradesh 23 per cent, Rajasthan 22, West Bengal 41 per cent and Maharashtra 61 per cent.

"The Government-aided Urdu medium schools lag behind in comparison to Government schools and there is an urgent need for the Education Department to amend the rules for aided schools. Another change that needs to be brought in is that not just retired teachers but also unemployed and enthusiastic young teachers should be involved,'' said educational activist and Chairman of Friends for Education, Firoz Bakht Ahmed.

The survey also notes that most Urdu school managing committees are hardly devoted to uplifting the level of education.

"Total lack of motivation and extra-curricular activities results in large number of dropouts. Also, most of these schools hardly have any parent-teacher associations and the rapport between the principals, parents, teachers and students is low. A large number of vacancies adds to the problem. For example, the Anglo Arabic School alone has had 20 vacancies for the past eight years. SVB Pataudi House has no Principal since July 2005 and the Vice-Principal has to manage the school. In Hakeen Ajmal Memorial School, Darya Ganj, Delhi, only two of the 24 students who appeared for the examinations cleared them this year. The rest of the students failed in mathematics, which was why the overall result here was poor,'' said Mr. Ahmed.