Why SSC result of 91% could break all the past records?

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 26 May 2016 11:46 IST

This year’s SSC result was not only record-breaking but a quantum jump of around 6 per cent.

To be precise, 2392 more students passed out than last year, in spite of 285 less students appearing this year.

Why?

  1. The student-friendly customised policies adopted by Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.
  2. Possibility of large number of ‘weak’ students retained in Std IX by most of the schools.

The SSC result was 85.15%, with 16674 passing out last year. This year, it was 90.93%, with 18,066 students passing out.

Dr Jose Remedios Rebello, chairman of Goa Board, denies that it was a result of lenient paper correction.

“In fact each and every student getting above 90% had to undergo another revaluation”, he said.

But the Goa Board adopted a practical strategy of 20% questions with application of mind rather than mere memory test.

NSQF IS A REAL BOOSTER

There was another major policy adopted by the Goa Board has shown its fruits this year – the National Skill Qualification Framework.

Introduced at Std IX since 2014-15, the students were given a chance to take seventh subject of their choice while the marks of only six subjects were considered for passing.

The experiment was made in 38 government schools with four subjects – IT/ITES, Healthcare, Automobile and Retail.

The education was practical field work, which was assessed by IT firms, nursing institutes, automobile dealers and malls and super stores.

1053 more students passed SSC due to this NSQF scheme out of 1161 who appeared, with a result of 91% among them.

With the success of this scheme that would streamline life of these ‘skilled students’, Dr Rebello said the scheme has now been extended to all the 76 government schools with 11 more subjects.

       

These subjects are Travel & Tourism, Agriculture, Construction, Telecommunications, Logistics, Physical Education, Apparels, Beauty & Wellness and Entertainment & Media.

The passed out students will also have these subjects now at the higher secondary level while the next step would be to introduce these subjects in aided private secondary schools.

SPECIAL PAPERS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

Goa Board has also framed special papers for the special children, as per their needs and their level, after diagnosing their learning difficulties.

Due to this, the result in this area has also zoomed up to 92%, with 135 out of 147 students passing out.

In fact, two special schools – Sanjay School of Porvorim and St Xavier Academy of Old Goa scored 100% result while only one student at Lokvishwas Pratishthan school could not make it.

There were also other special students who appeared from general schools.

Besides this, the Goa Board also introduced a scheme where students could opt for pre-vocational subjects by dropping out of Maths, Science or Social Science.

The scheme of marks for sports also helped 327 students passing SSC.

RETAINED AT STD IX?

The real matter of worry however, says Dr Rebello, is the increasing trend of retaining so called weak students at Std IX, in order to get 100% result.

While 17 government schools getting 100% result could be the result of NSQF, Dr Rebello does not rule out the possibility of many of the remaining 58 schools adopting a ‘retention policy’ in order to get cent per cent result.

In fact almost 149 out of total 380 schools have scored a result of above 95%.

This issue has also been discussed at the executive council meetings of Goa Board, which has warned the schools of action if they find unusual number of students being retained at Std IX.

“We are in a process of getting the whole data in this regard and analysing it since this is a dangerous trend”, feels Dr Rebello.

In addition, the Goa Board has also observed generosity in granting marks at internal assessment, due to which some schools may have gained high percentage.

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