KRISHNAGIRI: S. Sakuntala of Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Bargur scored 1,135 marks and stood first among the Government Schools in Krishnagiri revenue district.
She told The Hindu that she wanted to appear for UPSC examinations after completing a degree course and become a Collector.
As there is no power connection to her house at Eeachankadu village near Bargur, she studied with the help of lantern. Chakkaravarthy, a tailor by profession, said he will give good education to his daughter and made her as an IAS officer.
She scored 195 in physics, 196 in chemistry, 193 in biology and 194 in mathematics, 188 in Tamil and 169 in English.
Collector V.K. Shanmugam gave a prize of 4 gram gold coin to the girl, which was sponsored by the Post Graduate Teacher Association. Mr. Shanmugam promised to extend all help to continue her studies.
Last year a poor boy from Anjur Government Higher Secondary School in Jagadevi scored 1,122 marks and came first among the government schools.
Performance of government schools in the district has improved marginally than last academic year. The schools which had performed poorly during the last academic year showed results of above 88 per cent in Anchetti, said Mr. Shanmugam.
The overall pass percentage of government schools rose by 5 per cent from 66 per cent last year.
No government school had shown centum results this year too. Results of four schools were above 90 per cent, 15 schools between 81 and 90, 13 schools between 71 and 80 and 18 schools between 61 and 70, 12 schools between 51 and 60, three schools between 41 and 50 and at last three schools performed poorly below 40 per cent. The result of Government Higher Secondary School, Macinayakanapalli is only 27 per cent. Of the 40 students appeared in the examination, only 21 students passed.
Indian Bank donated 2,000 English-English-Tamil dictionaries to government schools worth Rs. 1.90 lakhs through its corporate social responsibility fund. Integrated Village Development Progamme (IVDP) an NGO-based at Krishnagiri donated mathematics kits to all the 172 government high and higher secondary schools.In addition to this, the IVDP gave a model guide, ‘Vetri Namathe,' to students free of cost just before the examinations.