Tirunelveli: Tirunelveli, popularly known as the “Oxford of the south”, was pushed back to tenth place among the districts in plus-2 pass percentage. The nearby districts of Thoothukudi and Kanyakumari too did not figure in the first six districts in board exam results this year.
Among the 37,702 (boys-16,241 and girls 21,461) who appeared for the plus-2 exam on March this year from 312 government, government aided and private higher secondary schools in Tirunelveli district, 35,872 got through the exam.
The overall pass percentage, when compared to last year’s 96.08 percent fell down by around 1 per cent this year placing the district at the tenth position among districts in the state. Among the 312 higher secondary schools that sent students for the board exam this year, 119 achieved cent per cent result.
Thoothukudi district that clinched the fourth position in the state in terms of overall pass percentage in 2016-2017, however was pushed down to seventh place with the pass percentage of 95.52 per cent against the previous year’s achievement of 96.4 per cent. Among the total number of 20,923 students appeared for the exam on March 2018, 8,510 boys and 11,475 girls got through.
Kanyakumari district retained its eleventh place this year too in the
overall pass percentage that too does not make much difference as the district achieved an overall pass percen age of 95.08 percent this year, which was 95.75 last year. Among the 24,398 students appeared for the exam on March 2018, 23,198 got through the exam. According to Bala, the chief education officer of Kanyakumari district, 10,260 students appeared from 58 government higher secondary schools that included 4 Adi dravida welfare schools and tribal welfare schools got through the plus-2 exam this year. Kanyakumari district grabbed the second place among districts in the pass percentage of the government school students this year, according to the district chief education officer.
House maid’s son secures 1076, chooses agriculture for future
Overcoming poverty to secure 1076 marks in plus-2 exam, the Chennai Corporation school student K. Jagadeesh said that he would pursue a degree in agriculture.
A student of Subbarayan Street Chennai Corporation higher secondary school, Jagadeesh have scored 190 in Tamil, 193 in Mathematics, 185 in Physics and 187 in Chemistry apart from scoring 167 in English and 154 in Biology. “All teachers including Janakiraman (Mathematics) and Anandi (Biology) are the reason for the success and I have secured first place in my school,” Jagadeesh said.
Jagadeesh’s father Koteeswaran is a casual labour and his mother Gajalakshmi is a housemaid. “I could not study at my house during my parents' presence as we are living in a tiled house with only one room. TV and other noises would disturb me. The teachers and school gave me ample support to study in school by conducting special classes,” the boy said.His sister is a ninth grade student in MMDA Corporation school, where he completed class 10. He also scored 471 marks in SSLC exam.
On his future aspirations, Jagadeesh said that he would join B.Sc. Agriculture to get a job in the agriculture department. “After the completion of the degree I will write competitive exams,” he said....