Amid the lockdown and other hurdles during the CBSE Class-XII examination, Kolkata schools have fared better than in the previous year. Interestingly, students in humanities and commerce streams have outshined those in science, who are believed to have better scoring opportunities.
“We are really happy with our performance. Not all of our students cleared the board exams, but we have an average of 91.1%, which is better than that of the previous year,” director of Lakshmipat Singhania Academy Meena Kak said. “Most of our students appeared for all the exams. So the average marking system doesn’t work for us.”
Krishna Damani, spokesperson for South Point High School, though, was not happy with the average marking system. However, Damani said that their school had outshined the previous year’s percentage score. “All the 544 students who appeared for the exam this year have passed and we have an average of 86.5%, which is better than previous year’s 83.4%,” he said.
However, Damani said had there been no average marking system, the school’s performance would have been much better. “For the high-scoring students, average marking is not important. It makes a difference for the average-scoring students,” he added.
A quick look into the individual results revealed that humanities trumped the other two streams this year. Suhana Wasim from Shri Shikshayatan School scored 98%, Debarati Pal from South Point scored 99% and Annesha Guha from DPS Joka secured 98.2%. They all topped the school.
Commerce stream was not much behind with Kinjal Ajmera of DPS Ruby Park scoring 98.8%, which was the highest in the school. Averi Sahoo from Shri Shikshayatan School scored a high of 97.2%.
Delving into the reason, principal of Mahadevi Birla World Academy, Anjan Saha said, “Earlier students came to humanities under compulsion. But now things have changed. The syllabus has been streamlined and there are better opportunities. So, bright students are coming to study humanities and are getting good marks.”
Source: Times of India