Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, May 30:
It is hard to believe, but true nonetheless. Two students of a school in the Odisha capital, who have cleared the IIT Mains, one of the toughest tests for admission in India, have found to their horror that they have failed in their Plus Two examinations.
“Can you believe this? If we were good enough to crack the IIT Mains, how come we were not good enough to clear our Plus II, which is a considerably easier exam?’ asked an incredulous Subhendu Jena, one of the two students of St Xavier’s International School in Chandrashekhrapur, Bhubaneswar, who had the mortification of finding their names missing from the list of successful candidates when the results of the CBSE Plus Two results were declared on Wednesday.
Jena, however, was not the only one from the school left completely bewildered by the results. At a time when other schools of similar standing in the city are celebrating 90% success rates (some even 100%), half the students of this premier school (110 out of 220) who appeared in the CBSE Plus II examinations have failed. Barely 40 are in the ‘pass’ list – that too with very low marks – while 70 are in the ‘compartmental’ category (failed in one subject).
“Some students are so depressed, they are contemplating suicide,” said another student.
Unwilling to accept the results, angry students demonstrated in front of the school premises here today. They accused the school authorities of callousness in responding to their concerns and anxieties.
“Though we have informed them about the matter on the day of the publication of results, the school authorities are avoiding their responsibility in every possible way. The chairman of the school has been out of town ever since the results came out. They are asking for seven days’ time to get the results rectified. But we cannot wait that long as the admission process has already begun in many colleges,” said Jena.
School authorities, on the other hand, have rejected allegations of apathy. “We have alraedy sent a representative to the CBSE headquarters in New Delhi to sort out matters. We are doing everything possible to ensure that the students don’t suffer. After all, the reputation of the school is at stake,” said Sandhyarani Mishra, the vice-principal of the school.
School authorities alleged the students vandalised the school building during their protest. The charge was, however, denied by Chandrasekhar police, which reached the spot and stopped the students from entering the school premise.