Of 325 schools in this district, 164 schools have registered centum pass.

In Virudhunagar educational district, 52 schools out of 111 recorded centum pass; in Aruppukottai educational district, 67 out of 125 schools got centum pass; in Srivilliputtur educational district, 45 out of 89 schools secured centum pass. Of the 164 schools, 59 educational institutions are Government Higher Secondary Schools.

Considering the poverty of most of the students in these schools and their rural background, it was a big achievement, says R. Ponnambalam, headmaster of a school holding additional charge as District Educational Officer. Compared to the economic status and family background of students studying in aided, self-financing or matriculation schools, lifestyle of government school students was totally different and they had to be motivated to focus on education, Mr. Ponnambalam said adding that teachers of government schools had to put in extra effort for achieving success. Moreover, more students per class study in government schools whereas the situation is just the opposite in aided and matriculation schools.

A.S.A. Jerold Gnanarathinam, Principal, and N.R. Virgin Inigo, Correspondent, of Noble Matriculation Higher Secondary School at Periya Vallikkulam were appreciated for their school’s achievement. Six out of nine toppers (bagging the top three ranks at the district level) had studied in their school. Also, in the higher secondary examinations, district topper P.A. Praveen and third rank holder M. Vijayasankar had studied in the school with a score of 1,178 and 1,175 respectively.

T.Muthukumar, Principal-in-charge of Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Srivilliputtur, too was happy since 90 of his school students out of 151 got 450 marks or more. Of them, 56 got centum in mathematics, science and social science. It is a tough but a healthy competition indeed between government schools and matriculation schools.

District toppers J.C. Shanmathy and V. Vijayaprabu had reportedly left for Namakkal to pursue their higher secondary education.