Class 12 results: Arts students emerge as worst performers

SRINAGAR: Class 12 results that displayed students’ poor academic-performance with a whopping 48 per cent of them having failed to qualify, Arts stream appears to be the worst causality of what experts describe as the students’ “callous approach” towards studies.
The result for class 12 was declared by the Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (JKSBOSE) on Thursday. According to the result notification, only 52 per cent of the enrolled students have succeeded in qualifying the examination.
While the low pass percentage overall is a matter of concern, the performance of Arts students in particular has been disappointing, to say the least.
Only 36 per cent of the 30,750 Arts students who appeared in the examination have been able to qualify the examination while 19,759 (64 per cent) have either failed completely or will have to undergo reexamination in one or several subjects.
The students have performed poorly in almost all subjects of the stream. In History, the pass percentage is just 38; in Political Science only 46 per cent of enrolled students have qualified the examination, and in Education the pass percentage is only 45.
An idea about Arts students’ poor performance can be had by comparing the pass percentage in this stream with that of other subjects, which are considered rather tough. In Science stream, only 23 per cent of enrolled students have failed to qualify, and in Commerce the fail percentage is just 19.
And both the genders have done badly in the examination—only 35 per cent boys and 37 per cent girls enrolled in the stream have qualified the examination.
Experts attribute the dismal performance of Arts students to their “callous approach” towards studies.
“The students have a wrong notion of Arts subjects. They think these subjects are easier to pass, and because of this misconception the students study with a callous approach. Now the result is in front of you,” Abdul Rashid Baba, who was the professor of Education at Government College of Education here, told Kashmir Reader on Friday.
“Another reason,” he added, “is the lack of guidance for Arts students in the government schools. Most teachers motivate students depend on useless shortcuts for cracking examinations.”