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Commendable:S. Nagaraja Murugan, Chief Educational Officer of Virudhunagar district.
Commendable:S. Nagaraja Murugan, Chief Educational Officer of Virudhunagar district.

S. Sundar

Virudhunagar district tops in overall pass percentage

VIRUDHUNAGAR: Virudhunagar district is gearing up for a grand celebration for its achievement of securing the first place in the State in overall pass percentage in Plus Two examinations for the 25 {+t} {+h} year in a row.

The district success rate this year dropped marginally to 95.93 percentage from 96.17 percentage last year. However, the district has made it at the top with a good lead of 1.5 percentage when compared to the nearest rival, Erode district, the Chief Educational Officer, S. Nagaraja Murugan said.

He attributed the drop to “tough” Mathematics question paper. “A teacher told me that he had not seen such a tough question paper in the last two decades,” Dr. Murugan said.

Out of the 17,871 students who sat for the examination, 17,145 passed. Among those succeeded were 9,334 girls and 7,811 boys.

Stating that it was not a mean achievement, the CEO pointed out that 94 percentage of students passed out from Government schools. “This is almost equal to the overall pass percentage of the second ranking district,” he added. Ten Government schools, 14 aided and 19 matriculation schools recorded centum success rate.

Unlike some of the districts in the north, Virudhunagar district has only 22 self-financing matriculation higher secondary schools out of the total 146 higher secondary schools. “This means the Government and aided schools have made significant contribution in the distinguished achievement of the district,” Dr. Murugan said.

He attributed the accomplishment to training given to teachers, identifying slow learners in initial stages and giving special coaching to them. “We prepared special materials for them so that they too passed out of the school. Our teachers brought all those students who had history of irregular attendance back to schools,” he said.

The students had special classes in the mornings and evenings and on Saturdays and Sundays. “For some of them, we encouraged night studies by providing them free dinner,” the CEO said.

The Minister of School Education, Thangam Thennarasu, took special interest for the students of Mallankinaru Government School (in his constituency) and spent from his pocket to provide snacks for the students for special classes. “The effort proved a success as 97 percentage of the students, mostly from poor economic background, passed out this year. The success rate used to be around 90 percentage in the past,” he added.

Dr. Murugan hoped that district would successfully defend its top rank in the 10 {+t} {+h}/matriculation examinations too for the straight 25 {+t} {+h} year. “Our celebration for the unique silver jubilee achievement is waiting only for the 10 {+t} {+h} results to be out,” he added.

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