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The Report Card

NISHAH ZARGAR

Kashmir Impulse brings to you a little analysis of the Class 10 results. We looked at the data of last ten years to see the trends it follows. Well, here is what we found out.

Girls outshining boys may be more of a routine news now, but our data analysis doesn’t really support the statement. Data for the last ten years show that the overall pass percentage of boys has consistently been better than the pass percentage of girls.
From 56% in 2006, the pass percentage of girls has climbed to 63% by 2015, but for the same period the pass percentage of boys has moved from 63% in 2006 to 67% in 2015.
Similarly, contrary to presumptions, rural districts areas are on an average faring better than Srinagar. While the difference between the two has been minimal (1.5% approx) for 2015, for previous years the districts have outperformed Srinagar by a bigger margin.
What our data analysis did uphold is that the government schools are way behind in performance than their private counterparts. Data since 2006 shows a big gap between the performance of government and private schools. In 2016 while the pass percentage of government schools stood at 58% the private schools were way ahead at 79%.
Kashmir Division has around 950 government schools while the number of private schools is around 750. An improvement in the quality of education in government schools can directly impact the total pass percentage of Kashmir division.
*Data has been taken from Result Gazettes provided by JKBOSE for years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015.

From 56% in 2006, the pass percentage of girls has climbed to 63% by 2015, but for the same period the pass percentage of boys has moved from 63% in 2006 to 67% in 2015.

Contrary to perceptions rural districts in Kashmir have been performing better than Srinagar at the Class X board exam, the margin was, however, smaller in the recent examinations than in previous years (2015).\

Private schools have consistently outperformed government schools in Kashmir by a wide margin of around 20 percent.

Education is not confined to books
Tabish Manzoor Khan, a resident of Dogripora Pulwama, topped the 10th class examinations this year. A student of Radiant Public School Anantnag, Tabish has never attended the morning assembly in the school because it takes him more than two hours to reach school from home. He would leave home at 8 am, but reach the school by 10.30 or 11 am. However, Tabish found the environment at his school very competitive which, he says, helped him to top the examination.
Tabish’s mother describes him as “sharp, philosophical, obedient and stubborn right from his childhood”. Tabish loves to read history books, “Because I want to understand our past especially Kashmir”.
Living in a volatile area prone to frequent disturbances, Tabish’s mother says it was challenging for her son to study amid chaos.
“My son never studied beyond 10 pm because we had to put out lights by then for fear of being targeted by army patrols,” she said.
Tabish, however, says these things haven’t impacted his education. “Psychological impact of the situation is there but there is no short term impact on studies as such,” he said.
In September 2014, Tabish’s family had to flee their home because of floods. The flood waters damaged almost everything including Tabish’s books.
Apart from studies, Tabish likes to spend some time on social networking sites like Facebook and Whatsapp.
He also plays chess with his elder brother, Faisal, and is keen cricket fan. Shahid Afridi is his favourite, and he is also fascinated by MS Dhoni and AB de villiers.
Tabish considers all day-to-day experiences a part of one’s education.
“Education is not confined to books. Experiences also make a person educated. Books too are the culminations of experiences,” he said.
He has read, though not cover to cover, Allama Iqbal’s Kulyat-e-Iqbal and is currently reading Aristotle’s The Politics.
Tabish is still undecided about his career. While his parents want him to become a doctor, he is slightly inclined towards civil services. “I have an inclination towards Civil Services but not sure about it,” he told Kashmir Impulse.

Relying on mind maps
Aneesa Haleen loves to talk about literature. The Kite Runner is her favourite, and she has read other works of Khaled Hosseini too. She also reads Khalil Gibran and Thomas Hardy, but for now she has to focus on her syllabus, and she has been doing that well. Aneesa secured second position in 10th class board examinations this year.
Despite her interest in literature, she has opted for science (medical) stream, on the advice of her parents who, like most Kashmiris, want her to become a doctor.
Hailing from a village in Ganderbal, Aneesa family now lives in Srinagar.
“I was hopeful of scoring 90 percent, but didn’t expect to end up near the top,” said Aneesa.
Aneesa says she didn’t follow a rigid time timetable for studies, but made use of flowcharts and memory maps.
“Our brains remember patterns better than theory,” she says.
Aneesa’s father, a professor at SKUAST, advised her to make flowcharts in biology and chemistry and memory maps in physics for better retention.
“I write down mathematics equation on a paper and paste it on a wall.”
Despite being a topper, Aneesa says she won’t lose heart if she doesn’t qualify the Common Entrance Test. “I can go for literature or a business field like BBA (Bachelor in Business Administration).”
Apart from being a literature lover, she is active in sports as well. She is also fond of English music and has learnt playing flute as a member of assembly band in school.
Playing volleyball, throw ball, kho kho and football at school, she knows how to keep herself physically and mentally fit. She has recently brought laurels to her school and family by playing national level football match in Goa and Volleyball at district level. Her favourite team is Manchester United.
In her native village in Ganderbal, she likes to help her family in harvesting season. “I help in making pilled grass huts and in threshing.”
She spends time on internet not only to use Facebook but also to listen to online lectures, solve assignment questions, watch movies, videos for fun and sometimes, play online games with her younger brother.

Writing answer sheet is an art
Hailing from the land of apple orchards, Shopian, Hiba Intikhab has secured third position in class 10 examinations this year. Her family has recently moved to Srinagar, and like her father, she misses her hometown a lot.
Hiba’s father, Intikhab Alam, describes Hiba as a bright student, but didn’t expect her to top. A student of Shah-e-Hamdan School Shopian, Hiba according to her family, is not a bookworm, but an all-rounder. She plays games, watches television and likes to mimic people around her. She also participates in extra-curricular activities like debates.
Hiba desribes her feat as a big achievement, because, “it made her parents happy”. In doing so she followed the footsteps of her elder sister who topped the class 10 in Shopian district in 2013.
Talking about her study approach, Hiba says, she believes in “target study”, which means “study with focus for two hours rather than being with books for hours without grasping anything.”
Her challenge during preparing for examination was Urdu where she said she had to work harder. She found the poetry section and translations a hard nut to deal. She considers writing an answer sheet as an “art”.
Hiba has opted for medical steam with Environmental Science as an optional subject. She aspires to pursue her studies in medicine from AIIMS and wants to become a cardiologist like her uncle Dr. Khalid Mohi-ud-din.
She doesn’t read books other than her text ones. She says, she has not yet developed interest in reading short stories, novels or any other content.
She, however, likes to watch television especially Zindagi channel and prefers comedies over tragedies.
“What is the fun of watching tragedy on television. After all it is meant to get entertained.” Her favourite actress is Katrina Kaif and fovourite actor Fawad Khan. Her favourite cricketer is AB de Villiers.
She doesn’t like Facebook either.
Her “worst memory” is of the horrible incident of alleged rape and murder of Asiya and Neelofar in Shopian. She was in 5th standard at the time, and the agitation over the incident shut her school for three months.

Skiing to top
Bushra Amin
1st Position
Class XII (Science)
Bushra Amin of Khanbag, Pampore topped the class XII examinations with 489 marks. Bushra has been regularly topping her classes but was disappointed to end up with 12th rank in class X examination. That day she resolved to make it to the top in the higher secondary.
A regular Nimazi, Bushra’s day begins with Fajr prayers and recitation of Holy Quran. She follows a time table for studies, but finds enough time to spend with family and friends.
For her friends Bushra is not just a friend but a guide and an inspiration, who also keeps their secrets and gives them treats on demand.
“I fell ill during examination and wanted to drop out, but Bushra inspired me to appear in the examination,” says Farhat, Bushra’s friend. Mehak Nabi, another friend adds, “She helped me during examination both at school as well as at home. We spent a lot of time at my home after school hours.”
Bushra doesn’t confine herself to studies though. She says she loves adventure sports and has done a basics course in snow skiing from Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, (IISM) Gulmarg. In a snow skiing tournament held at Gulmarg in 2013 she won the first prize. In water skiing held during the 2013 summer, Bushra was awarded consolation prize. She has also enjoyed an adventure with Paraskiing from the same Institute in the 2014. She wants to take more courses in snow skiing.
She doesn’t like domestic chores, but loves food.
Bushra likes to watch Zindagi channel on TV, but with siblings also watches Cartoon Network and Chota Bheem on Pogo.
Bushra finds her parents, both teachers, helpful and supportive.
“Whatever the hardships mom is going through, she doen’t want me to think about them,” said she in a sad tone. “She had to undergo a surgery but she delayed it for my exams.”
Bushra’s parents have left the onus and career choices on her, but want her to pursue studies in Kashmir only. Her mother, Saleema Akhtar, says the most important thing is to be a good human being and to serve the society.

Set your goals and Know where to go
Tehneez Bashir
1st Position
Class XII (Commerce)
Tehneez Bashir has topped in the recently declared XII results in Commerce stream. Aspiring to be a businesswoman, Tehneez has never gone for private tuitions, nor does she believe in late night studies.
In her childhood, Tehneez wanted to be a teacher, but now she only dreams of establishing a successful business.
“Rather than working for somebody’s dreams I want to work for my own,” she says.
Her father, who dealt in Kashmir arts, passed away when she was in 3rd standard. It was a big setback, which she overcame with support from her mother and her elder sister, who takes care of the family financially.
Tehneez wants to follow her father’s footsteps and establish a shopping mall, preferably outside the state.
But first she has to complete her studies. Business Studies and Entrepreneurship are her favourite subjects, and she wants to pursue Chartered Accountancy after her graduation.
She likes to read books in her free time, though she doesn’t call herself an avid reader. Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet is her favorite. Currently she is reading Lateral Thinking by Edward De Bono.
Though she followed an eight hour study time table while preparing for examinations, she doesn’t believe in confining herself to studies.
“I used to watch TV, and help with chores at home during exams to reduce stress,” she said. “When you have set your goals, you know where to go and where not to.”
Reading books, watching business news, listening to music, and watching cartoon network are her hobbies. Cartoon programs Oggy and the Cockroach, and the movie PK are her favourites.
She is also an active participant of games at school, and plays badminton and kho kho.
“I believe in enjoying life, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (you wont get a second life). Live Life to the fullest.”
Above all, she believes in honesty. “Money can’t buy everything, character is the most important thing.”
She considers her achievement just a beginning “It is like rungs of a ladder, there are many more things to come. One should be down to earth, not egotist.”

Study for knowledge not livelihood
Iflah Shabir
1st Position
Class XII (Home Science)
Coming from a religiously oriented family, Iflah Shabir loves to wear hijab and starts her day with prayers. She is hesitant talking to men. She did not even go for tuitions and took help in studies from a relative living nearby. However, Iflah is more of a bibliophile spending most of her time in studies. Her hard work paid off, as she topped in 10+2 exams this year in the Home Science stream.
“I feel sometimes I was frustrated, as I used to study for about 10 hours a day. But thanks to Allah, He has paid me for my hard work,” said Iflah.
Apart from text books, Iflah loves to read Islamic literature and Islamic preacher Tariq Jameel is her inspiration.
About choosing home science stream, Iflah says most of her cousins had opted for medical stream but were not content with it.
“It was my cousin who told me that it is not about cooking but a combination of humanities and science subjects. In my darsgah, everybody has that misconception about the subject.” She says she chose it, because she was not interested in maths, and found arts boring.
Iflah is all praise for her teachers at Girls Higher Secondary Kothi Bagh and credits them with her success.
“I have never seen teachers like them. All credit goes to them. They encouraged me like their own children.”
She is not fond of watching television but loves to watch religious videos online from her father’s cellphone. She enjoys reciting naats and loves to paint in her spare time. She also likes to play badminton at times, though she is not much inclined to sports.
Iflah wants to remain away from the limelight, and has never expected to top the examination. Topping, she says, doesn’t define one’s abilities, but “is reflection of one’s hard work.
She doesn’t have a phone, and uses her father’s one for accessing internet. For her, studies are a means for gaining knowledge and not a means to earn livelihood.
Taking breaks from her serious approach, she does, however watch cartoon network at her cousin’s place.

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