Education in Meghalaya still a dull picture, only 52.91% pass Class 10 board exam this year
The Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) announced Class 10 results on Thursday and with a little-above-half the students passing the exam this year, there is little hope that Meghalaya’s ranking will see any substantial improvement in the Performance Grading Index (PGI) 2020-2021, with the state ranking the lowest in last year’s report.
This year about 64,269 students appeared for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exams, of which only 34,003 students managed to pass recording an unenviable 52.91 percent pass percentage.
Although this is a marginal improvement from the 50.31 percent last year, the percentage has seen a significant drop from its 2018 levels, when about 56.76 percent of students had cleared the examinations, with Meghalaya ranking third last overall, faring above Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland.
This year, as many as nine schools recorded a zero percent pass percentage with a few recording within the range of two to ten percent.
Some districts in Garo Hills once again fared poorly, with South West Garo Hills recording a pass percentage of 23.01 percent, followed by North Garo Hills at 27.88 percent.
Last year, as many as 10 schools in Garo Hills had recorded a zero percent pass percentage following which the state’s education minister Lakhmen Rymbui had recommended withdrawing government support from such schools.
As per previous statements by Rymbui and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, infrastructural problems were one of the primary reasons affecting the education sector.
Last year, the government had infused about Rs 100 crore in funds to upgrade 200 government schools and looked to provide infrastructure boosts to 375 schools in 2021.
However, as per the PGI reports, Meghalaya continues to suffer from the problems of providing quality education and bettering learning outcomes, despite a significant improvement in infrastructure and facilities.
Meghalaya was among the eight states and union territories this year that recorded a 100 percent pass percentage in the class 10 board exams conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
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