Ranchi, May 11: The state government’s apathy towards Netarhat Residential School notwithstanding, the pupils of the heritage institution have proved its supremacy again by clinching top 10 positions in this year’s matriculation exam.
Altogether 96 students sat for the exam from the school. Of them, 15 scored above 90 per cent, while the lowest score was 70.8 per cent.
“We have maintained our academic record with cent per cent results. This year, there were also two tribal students — Sumit Bhagat and Yogesh Kumar,” principal Vinod Kumar Karn told The Telegraph.
“For the past two to three years, our students have extremely done well and several of them scored above 90 per cent,” he added.
One of the students, Ksitiz Roy, who scored 92.4 per cent, said: “We scored well due to regular studies. We worked hard without any coaching provided by the school.”
The students said they had to deal with problems like the dilapidated building, broken roads, lack of facility for water and sanitation besides the absence of permanent teachers.
Although old electrification work in the school has been replaced, more needs to be done. There is only one tank to cater to the needs of around 500 pupils. The school also has security problems. “The total sanctioned posts for teachers is 47 but we have 15 teachers on contract, while 22 teachers are permanent,” said Karn.
The government’s attention is very much required and the old furniture also needs to be replaced, said a teacher. “This building is 60 years old. Hence, renovation is a must. We did have electricity and water problems. To deal with the power crisis we have installed generators in the hostels that house 550 students,” he added.
Karn expressed pride in his students, who managed to do well despite staff crunch.
“As far as infrastructure development is concerned, we are making an auditorium with 1,000-seat capacity and a guest house. The road leading to the school has also been completed. There is also a computer lab comprising 40 computers and library, which has more than 45,000 books,” Karn said.
He added that to prevent students from moving out after passing their matric exam, the authorities have decided to provide coaching.
Members of the Netarhat Old Boys’ Association (NOBA) said they have apprised the HRD officials of the condition of the school.