| Parikshit Sharma, Shouvik Chaudhury, Harsh Gidra and Siddhart Pradhan
May 20: Second divisions and failures are rare this time as far as results of around 50 schools, affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations and located in the Darjeeling hills and plains, are concerned.
Following the declaration of the ICSE and ISC results by the Council in New Delhi yesterday evening, heads of most schools in the district are happy that their students have done better than last year.
The highest achiever in ICSE from the region according to information received — the offices of all the schools were closed and a complete picture was not available — appeared to be Parikshit Sharma, who procured 97.6 per cent. A student of Holy Child School, Jalpaiguri, where all 97 candidates have passed, Parikshit is currently in Kota — known as the education city of Rajasthan — like many others preparing for various entrance examinations.
He was closely followed by Shouvik Chaudhury of Good Shepherd School, Bagdogra, and Keshav Choudhury of Don Bosco, Siliguri, both of whom notched 97.2 per cent. While Shouvik may be switching to CBSE in Army School Bengdubi, Keshav is also in Kota and will pursue Plus Two under CBSE.
Among the girls, Garima Agarwal of St Joseph’s Matigara got 96.8 per cent. She, too, is switching to CBSE “as the options are better”.
Reports available till today showed that both Neha Pawan Agarwal of Nirmala Convent, Sevoke Road, and Harsh Gidra of Don Bosco have topped the ISC from the region with 97.25 per cent. A surprised Harsh said: “My target was not to do well in the ISC exam but to score high in the JEE.”
Even new schools like St Michael’s Jyotinagar, which sent their first batch of ICSE students this year, did well. All 57 candidates of St Michael’s got first divisions, Monica Prasad leading with 96.2 per cent.
In Kurseong, almost all ICSE schools have a 100 per cent pass percentage, with institutions like St Helen’s, Victoria Boys and Dowhill Girls’ having no failures. All 22 students from Victoria Boys’ School have secured first division, as have all the 26 candidates from Dowhill Girls.
“We feel that council’s policy of marking the papers scientifically has worked wonders. Besides, the introduction of environmental studies has helped students to score more this time,” said Jayant Pal, the headmaster of Victoria Boys. The two institutions are the only government ICSE schools in the state.
Among the other Anglo-Indian schools in the subdivision, sources said all 64 candidates from Goethals Memorial School have passed. Danish Alam of St Antony’s School procured 95 per cent, leading the 59 successful students. Himali Boarding School also fared well. An official from the school said among the 102 students who appeared for ISC this time, 96 per cent was the highest score.
Chetan Tiwari, the principal of St Anthony’s, said: “Last year when environmental studies was introduced, the school heads were not happy but the subject has worked wonders.”
In Darjeeling, Siddhart Pradhan and Pakrit Silal from St Joseph’s School (North Point), notched a perfect 100 in mathematics (ISC science), even as the number of students averaging more than 90 per cent in ICSE and ISC has substantially increased this year.
St Paul’s School, another premier institute, also had seven students averaging more than 90 per cent with Shubham Khetan topping in ICSE from the school at 94.4 per cent. “The number of students averaging more than 90 plus has gone up this year. Moreover in our school none of the students take tuition and this is even more encouraging,” said David Howard, rector, St Paul’s School, Darjeeling.