The government schools in Delhi had performed better than last year in comparison with private schools in the city.
Thus, the gap between the pass percentage of government and private schools has widened by 9%, with the pass percentage of government schools standing at 88.27% and that of private schools at 79.27%.
Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted, “Congratulations to all class 12 students and teachers. ‘Team Education – Delhi is the best team on education.”
Sisodia’s adviser Atishi Marlena said the results have surpassed the government’s expectations. “We had seriously clamped down on cheating this year. During the exams last year, we found out that cheating was almost institutionalised in many places. So we expected the pass percentage to drop by 4-5 percentage points. However, we have done better,” said Marlena.
However, data indicates that the performance of government schools has remained consistent since 2011. They had managed an 88-odd pass percentage. But, it is actually the private schools that showed a plunge in the pass percentages since 2014. In 2014, the pass percentage of private schools was 92.09%.
Though the reasons are unknown, the mushrooming of smaller private schools could be the reason behind the poor performance in private schools.
“There are at least one thousand private schools in the Capital. But only about 100 private schools are the top ones where parents want to send their children. But other than that we have many small private schools which have mushroomed in the city,” said government sources.