SHILLONG, May 25 - The disparity in the education sector in Garo Hills couldn�t have been wider as some students performed brilliantly topping the Meghalaya State Board exams, while most struggled to pass.
Both the toppers in the Class 10 and 12 examinations, conducted by the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) were from West Garo Hills. The results were declared today.
Seven students were in the top ten list in the Class 10 and four in Class 12 (Arts) results. This exceptional performance belies the overall poor performance of students from the Garo Hills region.
In the Class 10 results, Anuj Kundu stood first from Phulbari, West Garo Hills. The student is from Jawaharlal Nehru Higher Secondary School and scored 582 marks to top the list.
Shaunak Das from Sherwood School, Tura shared the second spot with Devangi Das Purkayastha from St Margaret Higher Secondary School, Shillong.
Three other students from Sherwood School, Tura were in the top ten. Two students from St Xavier�s Secondary School, Tura took the Garo Hills region�s tally to seven in the top ten list.
However, these students were the exceptions from the five districts of Garo Hills rather than the rule. The five districts of Garo Hills lagged way behind the State�s overall pass percentage of 54.10.
The overall pass percentage of students from West Garo Hills was 35 per cent from where the seven top ten students come from.
Similarly in the Arts results, the five districts of Garo Hills were below the State�s overall pass percentage of 74.04. West Garo Hills had a pass percentage of 62.87, East Garo Hills 58.97, South Garo Hills 44.81, North Garo Hills 65.33 and South West Garo Hills 44.59.
In the Arts examination too, students from West Garo Hills bagged the top position. Arienne A Sangma from Don Bosco College, Tura topped the list with 437 marks. Sundare B Sangma came second from the same school with 434. Two other students from schools in Tura, West Garo Hills were in the top ten list.