R. Vimal Kumar
Toppers evince interest in engineering and medicine
Tirupur: The district has registered a pass percentage of 88.94 in the Plus-Two examinations this year showing a marginal improvement over the last year. The overall pass percentage in 2009 was 88.2.
The pass percentage of boys this year stood at 86.65 against 85.5 registered in 2009. Likewise, 90.75 per cent of the girls who wrote the examination this time passed out successfully vis-à-vis 90.3 per cent passed last time.
R. Sathish Kumar of Ponnu Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Dharapuram, emerged the district topper with an aggregate of 1,176 marks out of 1,200. He scored 200/200 in Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and Mathematics, while getting 186/200 in Tamil and 190/200 in English.
J. Madhu Priya of Srinivasa Vidhyalaya Matric Higher Secondary School, Udumalpet, took the second spot with 1,171 while her classmates B. Pavithra and R. Roopa shared the third position with 1,168 marks.
M. Manonmani of Government Higher Secondary School, Palladam, with a score of 1,143 marks stood first among the students who appeared the examination representing a government institution.
The toppers wanted to take up their undergraduate studies either in the field of engineering or medicine with no one showing any interest in other branches.
Sathish Kumar, son of a farmer, would like to become an aeronautic engineer. “More lucrative value is there in the engineering sector and hence, I opted for the decision,” he told The Hindu.
Madhu Priya, whose father is also a farmer, and Roopa, daughter of a businessman, both wanted to become doctors. Pavithra has decided to pursue engineering and wanted to become a bureaucrat.
Chief Educational Officer T. Rajendiran told reporters that the overall pass percentage in government schools in the district stood at 81.07 and that in municipal schools at 87.37.
The pass percentage in government aided, self finance and matric schools were 93.8, 98.92 and 98.45, respectively.
As many as 43 schools registered centum in the district. Of these, three were aided, four self-financing and 36 were matric schools.
Later, District Collector C. Samayamoorthy felicitated the district toppers in the exam at a function held at the Collectorate.