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Far from city lights, hard work is the key

June 1: They have done it again.

Far from the glitz, glamour and the limelight of cities, students from the region have said it through hard work. After the Madhyamik, in which the top two scorers were from north Bengal, it is now the turn of the Higher Secondary results to show what “a bit of personal touch” can do.

Bagging slots in the merit list is no mean feat, said a proud Deepak Mukherjee. The principal of Alipurduar Railway Higher Secondary School, the alma mater of Mrinmoy Das, who has scored more than 90 per cent, said what many other heads of institutions here seem to be saying.

“As a region, we are only six districts — compare the students coming from 12 other districts and Calcutta — and our students represent only 25 per cent. Two of our boys have scored almost 90 per cent. Supratim Nandy and Sourav Konar will be on the merit list, that we are sure. At least 10 more students have got more than 85 per cent. The secret of the success is teamwork. Our students worked hard along with the teachers,” said Sumanasananda Maharaj, the principal of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Vidyamandir in Malda.

Mukherjee said in his school the teachers always kept watch so that the students attended classes regularly. “It is the personal touch that worked. I don’t know, but maybe it is absent in cities where life is faster and distractions more. We used to give free coaching to our students.”

This is not the first time that the school has been in the limelight. Last year, Prabir Das had stood fifth in the Madhyamik from this institution, said Mukherjee. He said 25 students of the school have secured more than 80 per cent.

Narayan Kundu, the principal of Balurghat High School, where Kushal Karmakar has scored almost 90 per cent, said he had expected the boy to do well. “Another of our boys, Tanmoy Pal, has got 443,” Kundu said.

For Raiganj Coronation High School there was a bit of disappointment in store, but that has not dampened the spirit. The institution has been elbowed out of the merit list by the others. Principal Suvendu Mukherjee said the highest marks — 443 — was scored by Arnab Majumdar. “We believed that our boys and girls would do well and that there would be no failures,” the principal said.

According to figures released this morning by the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education, Darjeeling at 74.05 per cent has the best success rate among the six north Bengal districts. Darjeeling was also the only district where the girls fared better than the boys with a pass rate of 76.09 per cent compared to 72.47 per cent by their opposite sex. The lowest pass rate at 62.06 per cent is in South Dinajpur followed by Malda at 62.55 per cent.

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