Darjeeling, May 17: Hill schools run by the missionaries have lived up to their reputation in the Class X and XII results declared by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, but listed schools that have come up in the last two or three decades are not far behind either.
After an average performance last year, the hill schools have fared extremely well this time round with most institutions in Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong boasting of cent percent pass results.
While hill toppers Nafisa Alam from St Anthony’s School, Kurseong, and Ankit Agarawal from St Augustine’s School, Kalimpong, both scored 95 per cent in the ICSE examination, Yogesh Goel from St Joseph’s School, Darjeeling, secured the same percentage in the ISC examination. Ritesh Baig, also from St Joseph’s, scored a perfect 100 in ISC Mathematics.
Average results, too, were better this year. Goethal’s Memorial School, Kurseong, had all its 60 candidates averaging above 60 per cent, with the topper averaging 93.6 per cent, and St Helen’s and Gyandoya Niketan, Darjeeling, came up with equally good results. “We are extremely happy with this year’s results,” said Sister Cecila Wong, principal of Loreto Convent, Darjeeling, which had all its 196 ICSE and ISC students clearing the examinations comfortably.
While schools run by missionaries have churned out toppers, the listed schools, too, have come up with better than average results.
“It is true that when parents choose schools for their wards, they prefer missionary institutions. However, judging by the results in recent years, we can definitely say that we are just as good,” said Captain Prakash Pradhan, principal, Rockvale Academy.
“Listed schools like ours have to work under difficult circumstances because we accommodate all types of students in our institutions. We always have the option of sending only the bright students for the board exams, but we are coming up with good results without doing so,” said Pradhan. Listed schools like Rockvale Academy had 106 students for ICSE, while Himali Boarding School in Kurseong had about 120. Both schools fared well with the toppers averaging 93 per cent.