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Well done: Collector K. Raghupathi honouring P. Gautham Guganesh in Virudhunagar on Thursday.
Well done: Collector K. Raghupathi honouring P. Gautham Guganesh in Virudhunagar on Thursday.

S. Sundar

By registering an overall pass percentage of 96.14 in Plus Two examinations

VIRUDHUNAGAR: Virudhunagar district continued to be on the top in the State in Plus Two examination results for the 24th year in a row.

Despite a drop in overall pass percentage in the State, Virudhunagar extended its overall success rate to 96.14 per cent from 95.87 per cent last year. “This is a record by any district in a public examination conducted by any board,” the Chief Educational Officer, S. Nagaraja Murugan said.

Out of 17,465 students, who appeared for the examination, 16,791 passed out. P. Gautham Guganesh of Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School topped the district with 1,175. A. Sandhya Devi, CVPACRR matriculation higher secondary school, Rajapalayam (1,170) and D. Karthikeyan of SBKB Higher Secondary School, Aruppukottai (1,168) took the next two ranks in the district.

Thirty five out of the 135 schools in the district secured centum results. While 60 students got 1,151 marks and above (out of 1200), 391 have scored between 1,101 and 1,150 marks. The total number of students who have got 1,001 to 1,100 marks is 2,388.

Dr. Murugan attributed the success to motivation by the officials of Education Department and concerted efforts taken by the teachers and students. “Teachers were given a perspective on the district’s performance in public examinations over the years and made to realise where their school stood in the district,” he said. They were given subject-wise training and taught the approach required towards slow-learners.

Even as bright students were given special coaching aimed at scoring highest marks in the State, slow-learners got special attention so as to enable 100 per cent pass percentage in the schools. “The Nootrukku Nooru” programme introduced by the Minister for School Education has worked this year too.

Stating that more failures were reported in commerce, history and economics because of tough question papers resulted in drop in the overall pass percentage in the State, he said the district had bettered the previous year record by 0.27 per cent.

Collector K. Raghupathi distributed prizes to the toppers.

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