Subjects don't matter, scores up across streams

Written By Unknown on Selasa, 03 Juni 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: For the first time in almost a decade, over 80% of the students who wrote the Maharashtra board's HSC exam have passed. The state's pass rate for both freshers and repeaters is 84%, up 11.5% from last year.

In the Mumbai division, which includes Thane and Raigad, the pass rate has increased from last year's 69.1% to 81.1%. But despite the 12% rise, the division ranks eight, ahead only of Nagpur. The first rank has gone to the Konkan, with a pass rate of 92.6%. Once again, girls have outdone boys, with a pass rate of 89.3% against 79.9% in the state, and 87% against 76.3% in the Mumbai division. Of 13 lakh students who took the exam in the state, over 7.5 lakh were boys and above 5.7 lakh girls.

Last year, 78.8% of girl candidates passed compared to 67.6% of boy students. On Mumbai's low rank among the divisions, board officials said the reason was a higher share of students. "Mumbai has the largest pool of students. Despite this, the pass rate is so great. Also, we had a large number of private candidates and repeaters. Among 39,084 repeaters who wrote the exam, only 11,087 passed," said Lax mikant Pande, chairperson of the board's Mumbai division, which had 3.26 lakh candidates. "But though the pass rate is not as high as that of the top divisions, more students have secured higher marks this time (10.9%secured distinction compared to last year's 9.4%)."

After class XI, students get busy picking subjects that will push up their lass XII scores. This year, their choice didn't matter. Not just scoring vocational subjects like electronics or multimedia boosted success rate, even languages supplemented candidates' performance making this year's HSC charts look impressive as never before. Subjects like economics which had a pass percentage of 74.9 last year shot up to 93.29 (90.73 for Mumbai) this year; pass percentage in political science is up from 79.3 in 2013 to 96.36 (94.78 for Mumbai).

"I feel students have done well in languages because we introduced orals and high schools also conduct the internal exams for 20 marks in every subject," said Laxmikant Pande, Mumbai divisional board chairman.

Across streams, success rates are up. Commerce's pass percentage is up from 64.3 to 79.5 and arts, which has traditionally seen a failure rate of 40%, saw success rate jump from 59.9 last year to 76.6. Of the 162 subjects on offer for class XII students, none had a pass percentage of less than 93.

NM College principal Sunil Mantri felt there is no reason other than the fact that papers have been corrected leniently . "Not only has the pass percentage in subjects gone up, even scores are a lot better. In my college, over 90% students have got distinc tion, 6% more than last year's count," Mantri added. For many others, the reason is deeper than that.

Suhas Pednekar, principal of Ruia College, said, "I'm not surprised by the arts results. We have been seeing very good students take admission in arts. Those scoring 90% used to blindly join science. That is no longer happening. There is higher awareness about career opportunities after arts too."

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