PESHAWAR: Around 42 per cent students of Mardan failed in the higher secondary school certificate (HSSC) examination according to the detail released by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Mardan.
Despite tall claims made by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government, students of government-run educational institutes in Mardan failed to secure any top slot in the recently announced HSSC results.
The lone exception was, Romaisa Subhan, a student of Government Higher Secondary School Baizi Kharki, who managed to secure the third position in the Humanities group.
BISE Mardan had announced HSSC result 2017 on August 1. A total of 68,805 students had appeared for the exams, of which 37,797 were declared successful. The overall passing percentage was 57.84 per cent.
None of the students from five colleges, including a government college, could succeed in the overall result, while the cumulative result of 12 educational institutes was below 33 per cent.
According to details, 36,520 students appeared for HSSC part-1 examination, 18,463 were declared successful and the overall percentage was 51 percent. Similarly, 32,285 students took the exams for HSSC part-II. Of which, 21,334 had cleared the exams.
Moreover, no student from Government Girls Degree College in Katlong, Dilshad Memorial College in Parao Jalala, Degree College in Shahve Adda, Muslim Learning Academy and College in Pubbi, and Jehangira Modern School could make it through.
The results documents revealed that 318 students of Government Degree College, Katlong had appeared for the exams, of which only 91 students came out successful. Similarly, only 20 students from Government Shaheed Shafqat Higher Secondary School, who appeared for the higher secondary exams, passed the examinations.
BISE Mardan Controller of Examinations Prof Muhammad Ali said that examination boards should not be blamed for the dismal performance of students. Instead, it was the responsibility of the educational institutes to prepare students for the exams, he added.
Speaking of the initiatives taken by BISE Mardan to improve the examination process, Prof Ali said that the board had installed CCTV cameras in all examination centres for increased surveillance while number of invigilators had also been increased. Additionally, three different papers were distributed among the students sitting in the same hall.
Ali termed financial constraints and lack of parental attention as the two leading reasons why students of government-operated institutes post poor results.
He stressed the need for increased parental involvement in educational matters of their children and said that unless parents keep track of their child’s performance, results of students enrolled at government institutions cannot improve.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2017.