The poor performance of Nagaland’s government school students in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examinations conducted by the Nagaland Board of School Education is a point of concern for State’s education department.
The 294 government schools of Nagaland comprise 41 government higher secondary schools (GHSS) and 253 government high schools (GHS). Students from 233 schools appeared for the examinations in 2018 of which 27 schools recorded zero pass percentage while 12 schools have score hundred per cent pass percentage in the HSLC exams 2018.
Addressing a meeting in this regard, Education Department’s Principal Secretary Smita Sarangi said that the pass percentage in the government schools was 40.77 per cent which is 1.83 per cent lesser than that of last year
“The total enrolment of class 10 students in government schools was 5,798, of which 4,163 students appeared for the HSLC examination but only 1,738 qualified,” she said.
During the discussions, the participants including district education officers, head masters, assistant headmasters and teachers in-charge of GHSS and GHS with nil pass percentage, highlighted the key reasons for the poor performance of the schools. According to them, lack of sufficient teachers, non-availability of subject teachers to teach Mathematics, Science and English, neglect of rural schools, weak foundation of students in government schools are the contributing factors for poor performance of government schools in Nagaland.
Emphasising on the need to motivate teachers and students to improve the quality of education in government schools, School Education Advisor K T Sukhalu said, “The advisor said despite appointing 2,700 teachers under the SSA scheme, the quality of education in the elementary and primary sections had gone down instead of improving. The government schools are not only having nil result but there is also poor enrolment of students, which is disheartening.”
He said “Teachers are in a noble profession on whom the parents have put their entire hopes. All of us need to change our attitude and approach to ensure an end to the nil pass record