The district has once again proved its supremacy in the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) public examination with five of its students bagging the top three ranks in the just declared SSLC results.
While, B.Sonia of Sri Jayendra Swamigal Silver Jubilee Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Palayamkottai, bagged the State first rank with a score of 498 out of 500, S.Sherlin Pon Jeba of Hilton Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Old Courtallam, came second with 497. Three students – D.Jude Alice Sonali of St.Anne’s Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Panagudi, R.Soniya of Nalandha Matriculation School, Valliyoor, and S.Shruthi of Sri Jayendra Swamigal Silver Jubilee Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Palayamkottai, bagged the third place with a score of 496. Sonia wants to become an aeronautical engineer after doing her degree at Indian Institute of Technology, while third rank-holder Shruthi’s ambition is to become a doctor. Both the students attribute hard work and motivation by their teachers as reasons for their resounding success.
Shruthi’s twin brother S.Shyam, who also studied in the same school, is one among the top three students of the school with a score of 490.
Second rank-holder Sherlin, while saying that she actually had aimed to get the State first rank, asserts that she would realise her dream in the Plus Two public examination and pursue her studies in medicine.
Third rank-holders Judes Alice Sonali and Soniya, who also cite hard work for the past two years as the reason behind their success in the SSLC examination, want to become a civil servant and an upright officer in any field, respectively.
Of the five toppers, Sonia, Judes Alice Sonali and Sherlin Pon Jeba have scored full marks in Mathematics, Science and Social Science.
Pass percentage goes up
The district has registered a 4.16 per cent increase in the pass percentage from last year’s 88.90 per cent to 92.86 per cent as 41,713 of the 44,918 students, who appeared for the examination passed.
“The interaction we held with the heads of the schools to indentify the problems they encounter in increasing the pass percentage has yielded desirable results. Moreover, we took special care to improve the performance of the last 20 students in every class. Now, you’re seeing the results of our efforts, which will continue in the years to come,” Collector C.Samayamoorthy said while releasing details of the district’s performance at the Collectorate.