DIMAPUR, May 1 � While the Government High Schools annually come under fire for their poor performance in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination, some improvement appears to be emerging with students and schools making a laudable mark in the just declared provisional results.
Shwetank Kumar Verma of Govt High School, Losami, secured the 8th position in the top fifty merit list with 92.16 per cent while Suraj Rana of Govt High School, Pf�tsero, stood at 12th with 91.50 per cent.
Among the schools, in a rare feat, Govt High School, Jotsoma, achieved 100 pass percentage with all its thirteen students clearing the exams.
However, despite the speck of light in the scenario, the grim conditions of government schools, especially in the remote districts, were once again highlighted by the large number of Govt High Schools recording extremely poor pass percentage and even nil among its students.
In Kiphire district for instance, among the four Government High Schools (GHS), three recorded nil. One hundred fifteen students sat for the exams in the biggest GHS at Kiphire out of which only 15 or 6.74 per cent passed. GHS Pungro, Seyochung and Anatongre all recorded nil.
In Longleng district, among the six GHS, four recorded nil. In Longleng, out of the 64 that appeared, only five passed while in Tamlu out of the 24 only two passed. A total of seventy-one students appeared at GHS Sakshi, Yachem, Bura Namsang and Yongnyah combined. None of them were able to clear the exam.
In Mon, out of the 10 GHS, two recorded nil and the rest also showed very poor pass percentage. Out of the 133 that appeared at the biggest GHS in Mon town, only 23 passed.
In Tuensang, out of the 12 GHS, four recorded nil. GHS, Chare, did fairly well with 19 out of the 23 students clearing the exam (76 per cent), but the rest showed very poor performance. Only 18 out of 119 passed at GHS Tuensang, 24 out of 84 at Noklak, 10 out of 111 at Thangjam and three out of 70 at Longkhim.
Meanwhile, in overall performance, the boys have done a little better than the girls in the HSLC with 39.31 per cent to 31.12 per cent in govt schools, 86.61 per cent to 85.18 per cent in private recognised schools, 70.01 per cent to 65.48 per cent in private permitted schools and 32.97 per cent to 29.34 per cent among repeaters and other private candidates.
In the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination (HSSLC), however, the girls fared better in all the three streams � Arts, Commerce and Science.