Securing six Tamil Nadu State ranks an unprecedented achievement
For the first time, Puducherry has produced a total of 16 State-level toppers in the SSLC examinations this year. Of the students who have taken Tamil as their first language, six students have received the second and third ranks in the State.
Never before has Puducherry had such close competition for the top three ranks and this year is also the first time that students from Puducherry have secured six Tamil Nadu State ranks (with Tamil as their first language).
Earlier, there have been some years when there were one or two Tamil Nadu ranks, but this number is unprecedented, an official of the Education Department said.
Although S. Karthik from Amalorpavam Higher Secondary School and N. Sundarasubramanian from Sri Sankara Vidyala School secured 497 marks, which is the third rank in Puducherry, they both received Tamil Nadu State second, since they took Tamil as their first language.
Similarly R. Bharathi of Vivekananda School, R. Dhinesh of Blue star School, V. Monisha of SBE School, R. Priyadharishini of Amalorpavam school secured 496 marks, which is the fourth highest mark in SSLC 2013 examinations.
Of the State toppers, apart from V. Hamsika, who scored 499 out of 500, there are four students who have scored 498 marks.
K. Hemalatha and Harish Kumar of Amalorpavam Higher Secondary School, S. Midhune of Petit Seminiare Higher Secondary School and P. Sujitha of Stansford International School all scored 498.
All four Puducherry second rank holders took French as their first language.
All four of them plan to take biology group and while Midhune and Sujitha plan to become doctors, Hemalatha has decided to be a genetic engineer and Harish Kumar wants to be a gene therapist.
With 497 for 500, seven students shared the third rank in Puducherry.
According to the official, one of the main reasons for many students doing so well was the introduction of the science practical exam.
Earlier, it was a little difficult to score centums in science, but now with 25 marks coming from the practical, they were able to manage the 75 per cent.
Also, in mathematics, the correction was a bit more lenient than usual, the official said.
A total of seven girls in Cuddalore district have scored State ranks as follows: R. Sridurga (498/500) of Venus Matriculation Higher Secondary School at Chidambaram, A. Aarthi (497) of S.D. Eden Mat.HSS at Vadalur, C.A. Nila (497) of Cluny Mat.HSS at Neyveli, S.D. Pavithra (497) of St Mary’s Mat.HSS at Cuddalore, S.H. Jesima (496) of Cluny Mat.HSS at Neyveli, S. Sangeetha (496) of Krishnasamy Mat.HSS at Cuddalore and L.S. Vasumithra (496) of Nirmala Mat.HSS at Chidambaram.
They were all honoured by the district administration and Chief Educational Officer C. Joseph Antony Raj. State second rank holder A. Aarthi aspires to become a doctor so as to render efficient health care services.
For Aarthi her parents, C. Asokan serving as an appraiser in the Vikkiravandi branch of Indian Bank and A. Shyamala a home maker, have been a constant source of inspiration.
The toppers in the government schools are as follows: M. Maheswari (492) of Bhuvanagiri Government Girls’ Mat.HSS, A. Hemavathi (489) of Thirupadiripuliyur Govt.Girls’ Mat.HSS, K. Priyadharshini (489) of Thittakudi Govt.Girls’ Mat.HSS and P. Banu (488) of Thookkanambakkam Govt.Girls’ Mat.HSS.
The high-scorers in the government aided schools are as follows: S. Shanmugapriya (495) of SRKV Mat.HSS at Chidambaram, G. Kaviya (495) of St. Mary’s Mat.HSS at Cuddalore, T. Arun (494) of St. Joseph’s Mat.HSS at Manjakuppam, R. Abhinaya (494) of Aruna Mat.HSS, and V. Arun (493) of Aruna Mat. HSS at Eraiyur.
According to Chief Educational Officer C. Joseph Antony Raj as many as 73 schools in the district have scored cent per cent results. The number of students who have scored centum is as follows: Tamil – Nil, English – 1, mathematics – 688, science – 1,379 and social science – 726.
Cuddalore district has attained 75.21 per cent of results in the recently conducted SSLC examinations. Of the total number of 40,237 candidates appeared for the examinations 30,245 came out successfully.
However, 13 others schools have scored less than 40 per cent results.
He has noted with concern that Annai Sathya Higher Secondary School at Periyakumatti and Vannankudi government higher secondary schools have drawn a blank as none of their students got through.