It is Kuttanad’s moment to rejoice. Overcoming the challenges posed by the August deluge, Kuttanad has emerged as the best performing educational district in the State with a pass percentage of 99.91 in the SSLC examination.
Of the 2,114 students who appeared for the examination from Kuttanad, 2,112 qualified for higher studies. A total of 150 students have scored A+ grade in all subjects. Thirty-one schools, including five government schools, registered 100% result. The five government schools are GVHSS, Thalavady; GVHSS, Kuppapuram; Avittam Thirunal GVHSS, Mankombu; K.K. Kumarapillai Smaraka GHS, Karumady; and GHS, Koduppunna.
The good showing was a result of the resilience and hard work of students and teachers in Kuttanad, who survived two back-to-back floods last year. Following the deluge, the schools in the region had been closed for several weeks. The students and their families had been forced to spent weeks in relief camps and relatives’ homes. The floods have caused extensive damage to school buildings and almost all the students lost their text books and note books. However, after the reopening of the schools, authorities acted swiftly to distribute study materials and conducted extra classes to compensate the lost hours during the floods. Students were also provided counselling to overcome the mental trauma caused by the floods.
The other flood hits parts of the district also performed well in the SSLC examination. The Mavelikara educational district recorded a pass percentage of 99.26, followed by Alappuzha with 98.95% and Cherthala, 98.23%.
Overall, the Alappuzha district has registered a pass percentage of 98.93. Of the total 22,796 students who attended the examination, 22,552 have become eligible for higher studies. A total of 1,881 students bagged A+ in all the subjects and 126 schools bagged 100% in the examination.
All the 382 students who appeared for the exam at CBM HS, Nooranad, qualified for higher studies. “Last year, the district was in the seventh place. In spite of all disasters, this year, we have jumped to fourth place. This is a great achievement,” Dhanya R. Kumar, Deputy Director of Education, Alappuzha