Published: 05th May 2017
Shocking results of Telangana SSC examination: Zero pass percentage in 20 private schools
Parents express frustration over quality of tuition in private schools as government schools fare way better in SSC exams
With 20 private schools registering zero pass percentage in the Telangana SSC examinations results announced on Wednesday, parents and experts are left in shock. In contrast, only eight government schools, one government hight school, two zila parishad schools and five unaided schools secured zero pass percentage.
Interestingly, Hyderabad which has the highest number of private schools in the state has been ranked at the 29 position among the 31 districts of the state with 73.26 per cent pass percentage, above only Suryapet (67.15 per cent ) and Wanaparthy (64.81 per cent ). "I wonder why we parents pay such hefty sums when this is the quality of education provided by the schools. We put them in private schools thinking that the will get quality education and a brighter future but these results paint a very different picture," said Aravinda Jata, a parent said.
Maya Sukumaran, Principal of Gitanjali Senior School, Begumpet, said she was shocked to know that such a large number of private schools have fared so poorly. "The common perception is that government schools lag behind in education but it is alarming that it is private schools students who have failed en masse," she said and pointed out that sub-standard or untrained teachers, lack of sincerity in passing knowledge could be the possible reason for such results.
"It's a wake-up call for school managements to look into the matter and find the cause. I feel maybe these schools didn't have pre-final exams. Maybe if they did, these results have shown and then the managements could have taken remedial measures," Sukumaran added.
Educationist Chukka Ramaiah sees the results, not as a failure of students but the failure of a government that failed to crack on ill-equipped schools, established only to make money.
"Several schools don't have infrastructure or finances. They don't appoint teachers and run schools with two or three people who may not even be qualified to teach. No classes are conducted but students are allowed to sit for the exams. Under such circumstances, students will fail," he said. He added that govenment can't disown private colleges. "If a student fails an exam, it is the loss of the nation," he said.
Aravinda, who is also a member of the Hyderabad Students Parents Association that is spearheading the fight aginst fee hike by private schools in the state said that if government improved the quality of education and infrastructure in government schools, people would be happy to send their children to government schools instead of private ones.