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Tirupur is now emerging as TN’s education hub
Tirupur district is now emerging as Tamil Nadu’s education hub, thanks to the stellar performances of Class 10 and Class 12 students, in the Board exams. Tirupur has outperformed other districts in the State in terms of overall pass percentage in the board exams.
After topping the State in Class 12 results with an overall pass percentage of 95.37%, Tirupur also secured the number one position, with an overall percentage of 98.53% in the class 10 Board exams. Interestingly, government schools in Tirupur also performed well this year, by securing overall pass percentage of 97.54%.
Among the districts, Tirupur is followed by Ramnathapuram (98.48%) and Namakkal with 98.45%, in terms of overall pass percentage. Chennai’s overall pass percentage marginally reduced by 0.2%. This year, the State capital, had an overall pass percentage of 94.18% as
against last year’s 94.20%.
“Private schools in Tirupur are providing more facilities to the students. The students were asked to concentrate only on studies. No extracurricular activities were given to the students,” State Platform for Common School System secretary P B Prince Gajendra Babu told DT Next.
Stating that a large number of residential schools in western districts in Tirupur was another factor for the district recording its impressive pass percentage, he pointed out, “Students in these schools can clear their doubts with the teachers anytime. In major cities like Chennai, we find less residential schools.”
The total number of students who did not appear for exams this year increased to more than 21,000 as against the last year’s figure of about 14,000. Expressing concern over this, academicians in the State have urged the authorities to conduct a probe.
A close look at the numbers that were released as part of the Class 10 exam results reveal that a total of 9,59,618 boys and girls had applied to write the exams. However, of this, 9,37,859 candidates had actually appeared – a shortfall of 21,759 students.
In contrast, the number of students who applied for the exams last year stood at 9,64,491, of whom 9,50,397 candidates had appeared. The number of absent candidates was 14,094.
“Government should conduct a thorough inquiry in each and every district to find out why so many students were absent for Class 10 exams this year,” PB Prince Gajendra Babu, the general secretary of State Platform for Common School System, told DT Next.
Stating that the authorities from the Directorate of School Education should also probe if any school managements have forced the poor performing students to not appear for exams so as to ensure centum pass percentage for the institution, he added: “They should also investigate whether there are dropouts.”
Echoing similar views, PK Illamaran, president, Tamil Nadu Teachers Association, said that there were some private schools which allegedly prevented their students from appearing for the examinations due to their poor academic record. That way, the institution’s record would remain rosy, but at the cost of the students’ future.
“Students’ life will be affected if they are forced to skip the exams. If any school is found to have indulged in such activities, its recognition should be withdrawn,” he said.
Urging the government authorities to come out with a list of students who remained absent from the board exams, and also reason behind it, Illamaran added that there should be a separate team of officials to monitor issue in the coming academic years.