The Assam Secondary Education Department has served a show cause notice to 102 state-run schools for poor results in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examinations.
This year, the overall pass percentage of the HSLC examination was 56.49 per cent. It is much lower than the 2021 pass percentage of 93.10 per cent when the exams were not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the results of which were declared through an evaluation formula based on the internal assessment of the students.
According to the education department, as many as 25 state-run schools in the state have shown 0 per cent results in this year's HSLC/AMH examination while 70 schools' pass percentage results were below 10 per cent and 7 schools' pass percentage results were 10 per cent.
Director of Secondary Education, Mamata Hojai, said that a total of 102 state-run schools' pass percentage results were 10 per cent and below 10 per cent.
"Out of 102 schools, 25 schools have shown 0 per cent results. We have served show-cause notices to the principal/headmaster of 102 schools. We have asked them to send a written reply within seven days from the date of receipt of the letter," she said.
In a letter sent to the Principal/Headmaster of Dr B K B High School, Nagaon, the Director cum Disciplinary Authority of Secondary Education said, "While you are holding the charge of Principal/Headmaster, it is found that the pass percentage of recently declared HSLC/AHM examination, 2022, of your school/institution is 0%. It is seen that the academic performance of your school is pathetically dismal. The poor result of your school reflects upon your performance. You have miserably failed to deliver your duties."
"You are hereby asked to show cause as to why the disciplinary authority should not consider your dismissal from service. Your written reply in defence should reach the undersigned within 7 days positively from the date of receipt of this letter," said the government letter.
Cachar district led the table with 14 poor-performing schools followed by Karbi Anglong district with 13, Goalpara district with 9, Jorhat with eight, Kamrup (Metro) and Dhubri with six each, West Karbi Anglong with five, Karimganj with four.
Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Golaghat, and Nagaon have three each, Charaideo, Dibrugarh, Kamrup, Lakhimpur, South Salmara, Tinsukia and Udalguri with two each.