TAMIL NADU

Better results from rural schools this time

Staff Reporter

PONDICHERRY: Chief Minister N. Rangasamy said on Saturday that government schools in rural areas of Pondicherry performed better than last year in the SSLC examinations conducted in March-April 2005.

Announcing the SSLC results for Pondicherry and Karaikal here, Mr. Rangasamy said that three schools in rural areas — Koodapakkam Government High School, S.C.S.V.Government High School Veerampatinam and Korkadu Government High School — which have scored 90 per cent and above will be awarded Rs. 1 lakh each.

A total of 14,174 students appeared in the examination, of which 10,634 have passed. The pass percentage is 75.02 , while last year it was 76.09. A total of 5101 boys out of 7001 have passed, while 5573 girls passed the exam out of a total of 7173. Mr. Rangasamy said that the Government had distributed textbooks and notebooks to all students of standard XI and XII as promised in the last Assembly session.

"A total of 15,000 students will benefit from this. We had ensured that the students get the books on the opening day itself," he added. Mr. Rangasamy also said that despite the tsunami the students of both private and government schools had fared well and hoped that they would do better in the next academic year.

The Director of School Education G. Theva Needhi Dhas said that special coaching was being provided to slow learners in government schools in both urban and rural areas. "We are utilising the services of the Sarva Siksha Abiyan and also conducting night schools," he said.

Mr. Rangasamy said that the committee of experts for the separate Board of Education for Pondicherry had already been set up and were deciding on the syllabus. "It would be a tough syllabus or rather a syllabus with an improved standard than what we have at present. It would give more importance to studies related to Pondicherry."

On LKG Admissions, he said that the response in the rural areas was good and added that more teachers would be recruited for those sections. The ratio of teachers to students would be maintained at 1:40, he said.

Mr. Rangasamy also announced the results of the Matriculation examinations conducted in 2005 in which a total of 1023 students appeared and 1010 students passed. The pass percentage is 98.73 per cent, while it was 99.19 per cent last year — a negligible 0.46 per cent drop. A total of 610 boys and 413 girls took the exam, while 600 boys and 410 girls passed it.

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