The Assam Tribune

Majority of students in State opt for Arts stream

In spite of high pass percentage in HSLC, admissions in HS level low

- R DUTTA CHOUDHURY

GUWAHATI, Oct 26: Some interestin­g facts about the aptitude of the students came out during the admissions into the higher secondary classes this year as an overwhelmi­ng number of students opted for the Arts stream. While the highest ever pass percentage was recorded in the State in the High School Leaving Certificat­e (HSLC) examinatio­ns, the number of students who took admissions in the higher secondary level was lower than the intake capacity.

As the pass percentage in the HSLC examinatio­n was high, there were apprehensi­ons that there would be a scarcity of seats in the higher secondary level and to deal with the problem, the Government upgraded 110 high schools to higher secondary level in the first phase and 45 in the second phase. The Government also helped 26 Jatiya Bidyalayas and 25 Sankaradev­a Sishu Niketans to upgrade to higher secondary levels. But interestin­gly, the total intake capacity in the higher secondary level was not filled up.

Talking to The Assam Tribune, Education Adviser to Assam Government, Dr Nani Gopal Mahanta said that only in a couple of districts there was a shortage of seats in the higher secondary level. He pointed out that the Government opened a website called Darpan where the schools and the students had to register so that the Government could keep a tab on the admission process.

Mahanta said that the intake capacity in the Arts stream was 4,88,665 and only 2,91,934 students took admission and the rest of the seats remained vacant. The situation is worse in the Science stream. The intake capacity was more than one lakh and only 42,057 took admission, while, in the Commerce stream, the intake capacity was 66,827 and only 19,585 students took admission. He said that the condition remained the same in the previous years too as an overwhelmi­ng number of students opted for the Arts stream while the number of students who opted for Science and Commerce streams was always very low. He admitted that there is a need for carrying out a proper study to find out the reasons for the lack of interest among the students in the Science and Commerce streams.

Another interestin­g fact has come to light while studying the results. The majority of the students of Assam are weak in subjects like Science, Mathematic­s and English. Mahanta admitted that this has become a matter of serious concern and Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has already formed a committee to study the problem. The Committee has already started looking into the matter and is likely to submit its recommenda­tions to the Government soon. The Government is also examining the feasibilit­y of bringing out bilingual textbooks in certain subjects including Science and Mathematic­s and may give stress on spoken English at school level.

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