The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi, on Wednesday, rebutted the BJP’s allegations about “poor” performance in government schools, by citing Class XI results announced recently showing significant improvement in pass percentage of students.
The government said in a statement that in Class XI, there has been a significant improvement over last year’s performance. While 71 per cent students of this class passed their exam in 2017-18, it has improved to 80 per cent in 2018-19, the statement said.
The statement said that the pass percentage in Class XI has touched 80 per cent for the first time in eight years. “From 2015-16 onwards, the pass percentage in this class has been around 72 per cent as opposed to 63 per cent in 2014-15. This year — 2018-19, it touched 80 per cent for the first time,” the statement said.
Several leaders of BJP, including its Delhi unit president, Manoj Tiwari and Rajya Sabha MP, Vijay Goel had been accusing AAP government in Delhi of misleading people by claiming to have improved the situation of government schools.
AAP’s statement on Thursday was a counter to the accusations ahead of Lok Sabha polls in Delhi on May 12.
The results of the annual exams of all classes (other than Class X and XII) in Delhi government schools conducted centrally by the Directorate of Education, were declared by the schools on March 30, 2019.
“Similarly, in Class IX, the pass percentage has remained almost the same as previous year. While 57.4 per cent students passed in 2017-18, the pass percentage for 2018-19 is 57.8 per cent,” the statement said.
There has been a slow but consistent improvement in the pass percentage over the last four years in this class due to programmes and initiatives like ‘Chunauti’ and ‘Mission Buniyaad’ which are strengthening the foundational learning skills of students by the time they reach Class IX, the government said.
“In 2015-16, the pass percentage in this class was 50.8 per cent which improved to 52.3 per cent the next year followed by 57.4 per cent in 2017-18. It is important to note that the improvement recorded last year and maintained this year has been despite the change in the weightage for external and internal component. While before 2017-18, the weightage for external was of 60 per cent, it was increased to 80 per cent as per CBSE norms,” it said.