If one goes by the latest results announced by the Department of Pre-University Education (PDUE) of Karnataka, the performance of rural students over urban students and that of girls over boys has got significantly better this year.
Reportedly, this year, the pass percentage of rural students of the state is 61.21 per cent as compared with 58.79 per cent in urban areas. Also, pass percentage of girls this year is 66.51 and that of boys is 52.72 per cent.
As part of examination reforms, the DPUE will issue photocopies of answer scripts to willing students for pointing out unfair marking and revaluation. Seemingly, the scales have tilted in favour of those who had put in more hours in self-study and revisions by cutting down the time on TV and mobile. Rural boys and girls seem be less distracted by these two modern gadgets to find time for studies and learning tasks.
Some studies have also proved that at the senior secondary level a good number of urban students get into texting addiction, and start shunning face-to-face communication and reading books. This new addiction makes them tired when they have to focus, think and communicate. How do cell phones affect the grades/academic performance of a student? The question has become a matter of concern and research.