: “We have gone to the roots through a special programme called ‘Verugalai Thedi’ (In search of roots) and that yielded us the number one position in Class X results in the State this year,” says A.S. Radhakrishnan, the jubilant Chief Educational Officer of Kanyakumari district.

In March 2011, the district stood at 11th position in the State and it had improved to fifth place in the last year’s SSLC results. “This year, we are number one and we will make all efforts to sustain that enviable position,” he says.

From being at the tip of Tamil Nadu, it came to the top with focused planning and execution. By implementing Verugalai Thedi, the officials and teachers of School Education Department traversed through villages and hamlets with target of achieving high pass percentage and State ranks in subjects.

They involved teachers of all government schools and representatives of local bodies to motivate parents and students for securing good results. Mr. Radhakrishnan says that the importance of education was emphasised in fishermen colonies, hamlets and villages.

To reach out to bright students and schools including private institutions, an idea called ‘Elite Schools’ was devised and implemented to encourage students to concentrate on State ranks.

This year, in March 2013 Class X examination results which were declared on Friday, totally 46 Government schools and 62 Government-aided schools secured centum pass percentage.

The SSLC results came as a sequel to the recent Plus Two results. Kanyakumari district which was at 17{+t}{+h}place in the State in the overall performance position in Class XII had now reached sixth position with a pass percentage of 94.03 in Plus Two.

“In our district, we have introduced ranking system for schools so that they will be motivated to perform better and improve their rank. Performance of each school in the last three years is being analysed and steps taken to further improve. That brought in the change,” the CEO says.

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