Shillong, May 19: The five districts in Meghalaya’s Garo hills region recorded a pass percentage of 31 per cent in the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) Examination, 2014, the results of which were declared today.
According to statistics provided by the Meghalaya Board of School Education, eight candidates from schools in Tura under West Garo Hills featured in the top-20 list of meritorious students.
However, that sheen was obliterated by the bleak overall performance of schools in the western part of the state.
Altogether 20,164 students had appeared for the examination from schools in Garo hills.
Of these, only 6,268 students managed to attain a pass certificate, implying a pass percentage of 31 per cent only, against the state average of 54.31 per cent.
Like last year, none of the five districts in the region managed to secure a 50 per cent pass percentage (see chart), a situation which should set the alarm bells ringing.
The state government had been conducting coaching classes for the SSLC students in the Garo hills region.
However, it appears uncertain whether the students who received government- sponsored coaching actually benefited from these classes.
A total of 23,248 from among 42,807 students secured a pass certificate. Last year, the pass percentage was 56.31 per cent.
In the arts stream of the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) examination, the pass percentage was 68.13 per cent.
Of the 20,895 students who had appeared, 874 were placed in first division, 4,477 in second and 8,382 in third division.
In both the SSLC and HSSLC examinations, girls performed better than the boys.