Average pass percentage this year has been just 30 in Tiruchi region

Poor performance of first-year engineering students in Technical English – 1 has left college managements in Tiruchi and other central districts shocked.

According to college heads, the average pass is just in the range of 30 per cent in Tiruchi region. This is the first time that the performance of students in Technical English, a subject that usually does not receive the attention it deserves, is so low.

Most principals said that students of government and government-aided schools in rural parts who had undergone their schooling in Tamil medium could not get through. Some said such a high rate of failure seems improbable, referring to the failures even among students with English-medium background.

The actual performance of students can be gauged only after going through their answer scripts. Most failed students will be applying for re-evaluation, M.A. Maluk Mohamed, Principal, MAM College of Engineering, said. The result was surprising since students had found the paper to be easy, he added.

According to E. Ramasamy, former Director of Technical Education, and Director, Shivani Group of Institutions, the paper was indeed easy for students with English-medium background. But others felt that the questions asked were out of syllabus. Teachers had trained the students on the pattern of the question papers of previous years, and hence, the unexpected questions posed a challenge to students, he said.

Dr. Ramasamy says this is the right time for introspection on the modalities of admission. Languages must be accorded as much importance as core subjects for admission to professional courses. The system of admission that entirely neglects the Plus Two score of students in language is flawed and has to be revisited, he says.

For instance, it is now possible for a student scoring just 720 out of 1,200, with just minimum pass marks in language papers and centums in the core subjects, to choose an engineering branch of choice in a premier institution. Scores in the language papers must be rated on an equal footing for admission into professional courses. It will, in turn, reflect on a transformation in the pattern of teaching languages in the school system, Dr. Ramasamy said.

  • ‘Reasons can be ascertained only after seeing answer scripts’

  • Experts say time scores in languages are also taken into account during admissions