Manipur’s pride

All four top-three position holders of the HSLC 2017 examination setting different professional targets but the same quartet having unequivocally firm resolutions to contribute their mite in the state’s overall development and betterment of the citizens is something to cheer about. From the nearly symmetrical objective of meritorious students of past examinations, to either become a doctor or an engineer; this year’s top ranker Priyanka Moirangthem and joint third position holder Shaha Minhas aiming to becoming administrators, second placed Thounaojam Joylity aspiring to serve the poor as medical professional and Laishram Librada, who shared the third spot with Shaha, eyeing to become a scientist, which is normally associated with painstaking cerebral exertion, deserved to be applauded. Even more heartening is the pledge of the top quartet to give something back to the society when they achieve their respective goals as people of Manipur continue to yearn for development in all spheres of life. Other notable facets of HSLC 2017 were the overall improved pass percentage of 66.70, students from schools located in the rural areas breaking the past trend of students of educational institutions in the twin capital districts usually cramming the top-25 slot of the highest mark achievers and Thoubal-Kakching combining to produce the highest number of successful candidates among the districts. Sadly, for government schools, the trend of its students seldom managing to finish among the rank holders continued this time too.

Though thousands of students could not make the cut to further pursue higher studies and will need to put in more concerted efforts in scaling the test next year, the latest BSEM-conducted examination demonstrated the pathetic position of government schools, yet again. The results not only exposed the wide gap in quality between students of public-funded and privately run educational institutes but also revealed an embarrassing figure of only 7539 students representing government schools in the crucial examination and a pitiable 45.70 per cent of them making through. While students of aided-schools fared better at 51.15 per cent success rate, preference by the parents to educate their wards in the comparatively expensive private schools could be assumed from the whooping 25,505 candidates appearing from the latter institutes and 18,874 of them coming out in flying colours. Private schools regularly producing higher number of meritorious students in the annual examinations leave no doubt, that regardless of criticism against high fee structure and their students facing tremendous mental and physical pressures to excel in such annual examinations, it is the private institutes that have been making the greatest contribution in the promotion of quality education in Manipur. Overall improved pass percentage recorded this year could also be an indication about the positive impact that social tranquillity has on education as was evident from year 2016 experiencing lesser instances of causing disturbance to the academic chores compared to the past.

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