Over 4,000 students (close to 28 per cent) have failed in the recently concluded Class IX exams in Chandigarh government schools.
A total of 15,078 students had appeared for the exams of whom 10,891 passed.
Of the 92 schools, there are six which have a pass percentage of less than 60 with over 40 per cent students having failed.
There will be no retest. The failed students have to do their Class IX again.
The worst performance is that Government Model High School (GMHS), Sector 29-B, where over 52 per cent students have failed. A total of 96 students appeared, but 50 did not qualify. The pass percentage was 47.92.
At the GMHS, Sector 34, 50 per cent students failed to qualify. There were 88 students and only 44 passed.
The third worst performance is that of the GMHS, Dhanas (I), which posted a pass percentage of 52.58. The GMHS, Dhanas (II), has a pass percentage of 53.23.
The GMHS, Sector 25, has a pass percentage of 53.45. A total of 348 students appeared, but only 186 could pass implying that 162 (46.55 per cent) failed to qualify.
The sixth worst school is Government High School, Maloya Colony, which had a pass percentage of 54.27. A total of 199 students appeared, but 91 failed.
Director, School Education (DSE), Rubinderjit Singh Brar did not respond when asked about the reasons behind the poor results.
According to the Right to Education Act, a student cannot be detained from Class 1 to Class 8. Only from Class IX onwards, students can be failed.
“The pass percentage in our school roughly remains the same what it has been this time. Teachers work hard, but parents are not able to contribute to the education of children,” said school in-charge, GMHS, Sector 34, Aroma Dhillon.
Another school head said on condition of anonymity that there was a shortage of staff in schools. On the other hand, the best result has been posted by the GMHS, Pocket No. 8, Mani Majra, with a pass percentage of 95.83 followed by the GSSS, Khuda Lahora, at 90.48 and the GSSS, Sector 16, at 90.41.