Srinagar: In the recently declared class 10 board results in which the pass percentage of government schools has apparently improved, a government school in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, has gone from bad to worse by recording zero percent result in the annual examination. The pass percentage in the exam at the school was 50 percent last year.
At Government High School, Sitharan in the district’s Khag education zone, none of the 16 students, who appeared in the annual examination, has succeeded.
In the subject-wise result, no student has passed in Science, while only 2 and 5 students have succeeded in Mathematics and Social Sciences respectively, In-charge Headmaster of the school, Syed Hafizullah informed Kashmir Reader.
Eight and 11 students respectively, have cleared General English and Urdu subjects.
Indicating the school’s degradation within a year, this year’s zero percent result comes after 3 students from the school had secured distinction in the annual board results last year as per Hafizullah.
Even last year also, the result was an average 50 percent with only 5 out of 10 students, who appeared in the examination, succeed.
The school has drawn a blank in the results because teachers at the institution were not regular in their duty, residents of the village alleged.
Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh, an elderly from the village told Kashmir Reader that teachers rarely visit the school.
Hafizullah, however, blamed students and their parents for the embarrassment.
“The students do not study at home and their parents subject them to child labour,” Hafizullah said.
“On a rainy day, there is a full attendance at the school, but when it is sunny, the attendance is less, because the parents send them for work,” Hafizullah alleged.
He said that most of the students are neither turning up at the free winter tutorial set up by the department nor have they taken the free books for the new academic year.
“They (students) are not interested in studies. There is no parental support (either),” he added.
Except for Hafizullah – a postgraduate in Economics – and another contractual teacher who is a postgraduate in Urdu, none of the remaining 8 teachers at the Sitharan school is a postgraduate – a deficiency, which has probably contributed to the school drawing blank in the board exams and which Hafizullah himself lamented.
Besides the post of headmaster in the first place, 3 posts of teachers and a master post is vacant at the school, rued Hafizullah.
He said that two contractual teachers were appointed to the school in May last year – over two months after the session started.
Chief Education Officer Budgam, Abdul Ravouf Shahmari could not be contacted for comments.