Only 1 out of 71 students passed the Haryana Board Class X exam at this school in Nuh

Waking up: Angry over the poor results, parents lock the Rajkiya Senior Secondary School in Nuh. Many other schools in the district were similarly locked up.

Waking up: Angry over the poor results, parents lock the Rajkiya Senior Secondary School in Nuh. Many other schools in the district were similarly locked up.  

Class X pass percentage in Nuh education block is a dismal 27.21; teachers support reintroduction of Board exams for Classes V and VIII to raise standard of learning

“Though there are several factors responsible for the poor result this year despite our best efforts, it’s a moment of great disappointment for us all,” remarked English lecturer Vikas Yadav, reflecting upon the Class X results of Nuh Senior Secondary School, where only one of 71 students managed to clear the Haryana Board of School Education (HBSE) exam.

Though results for all blocks in Nuh, the most backward district in Haryana, are below the State pass percentage, the performance of Nuh and Ferozepur Jhirka blocks are particularly dismal with pass rates of 27.21% and 12.96% respectively.

Shaky foundation

It’s no wonder then that agitated parents locked several schools in the district and garlanded teachers in a mark of protest against the poor results.

Mr. Yadav, who was transferred to this school six months before the annual exam, said all teachers had put in their best and held extra classes, but the academic level of the students was too low to be improved in a few months’ time.

“When I joined the school in September, I was astonished to find that 30%-40% of students in Class X couldn’t read or write in Hindi and English. Of the rest, 50% could barely read cursive text. So I had to start from scratch,” said Mr. Yadav. He strongly recommended the re-introduction of HBSE exams for Classes V and VIII as one of the ways to improve the standard of learning in the State.

Supporting the re-introduction of Board exams for junior classes, economics lecturer Sarfarz said the ‘spectacular’ Class XII result compared to Class X was testimony to this fact.

Board exams for junior classes put the onus on teachers and students to perform thus improving their academic level, argued Mr. Safarz.

Principal post vacant

Deen Mohammad, the acting school principal as the post for principal has been vacant for four years now, said that in light of the poor results, the school had held back several students in Classes IX and XI despite pressure from parents to promote them.

“The parents turned up at the school in protest against their detention. The situation was volatile but we still decided to bite the bullet,” said Mr. Mohammad.

Acute staff shortage, especially Trained Graduate Teachers (TGT) for middle school programme, in this school for the past many years was another reason for the poor result, pointed out chemistry lecturer Ram Kishan Arya.

The school has only one TGT, that too on deputation, for around 100 students from Class VI to Class VIII.

Staff shortage

All Class X students from the school save one failed in maths. The lone maths teacher for over 270 students from Classes IX and X had to divide his time between two schools due to staff shortage.

No TGT appointments have been made in the State over the past seven-eight years for administrative reasons. Over the years, many TGTs have been promoted as Post-Graduate Teachers further deepening the crisis.

“The teachers are mostly busy with non-academic work like scholarship distribution and mid-day meal due to lack of non-teaching staff as well,” said Mr. Mohammad.

The laboratory in the school was set up a few months ago with contribution from influential locals.

Political science lecturer Rohtas Singh pointed out that low literacy rate and lack of inclination towards education among the locals were the other contributing factors for poor education standard in the region.

Mr. Singh, who is on the verge of retirement, lamented that a majority of the parents did not turn up for mandatory parent-teacher meetings despite reminders. “Despite only one student passing the Class X exam, not a single parent came to us to find out what actually went wrong,” said Mr. Singh.

The change in the exam format, more subjective in nature, and the government coming down heavily on mass-cheating in the region also contributed to poor results this year, he added.

‘Parents waking up’

Nuh District Education Officer Dinesh Shastri conceded there were several challenges but added that parents stepping out of their homes to lock schools was a good sign.

“I am happy to see that villagers are putting locks on school gates. It indicates that they have finally realised the importance of education and want good education for their wards. It is a positive change. Despite coming 16th in the State in Class X pass percentage this year, we are at par with Gurugram and ahead of districts like Rohtak, Ambala and Yamunanagar,” said Mr. Shastri.

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