HSC results out; passing pc drops

Prajakta Joshi
Wednesday, 29 May 2019

With a slight drop of 2.53 per cent, the State recorded a pass percentage of 85.88 per cent in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination this year.

Pune: With a slight drop of 2.53 per cent, the State recorded a pass percentage of 85.88 per cent in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination this year. The results were declared by the State Board on Tuesday. The passing percentage of all the streams too has gone down compared to the last year. Some of the principals have speculated that the drop in pass percentage might be due to the changed paper pattern.  

Keeping up with the tradition, the pass percentage amongst girls, 90.25 per cent, was again higher than among boys at 82.40 per cent. The pass percentage among the disabled students was a staggering 92.60.

This year, for the first time, the language papers (nine) had action sheets, instead of regular question paper. The paper pattern for physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and statistics had changed this time. Some have pointed out the changed pattern is the cause of decrease in pass percentage. 

Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) Chairperson Shakuntala Kale said that the drop was very minimum, and hence cannot be attributed to the pattern.

Speaking to Sakal Times on similar lines, former chairperson of the Board and education expert Vasant Kalpande said, “A difference of 2.53 per cent is not a huge one. This keeps happening in the board examination results. So it will be too soon to put the blame on the changed pattern of evaluation. ”

While the option of transgender was introduced for the first time in the examination forms this year, at least over a 100 registrations were found under that category. However, Kale said the figures could not be verified by the schools.

“Many schools and students, while filling the form, told us that they had made mistakes while selecting the gender. However, since we could not get verified information from the school, we cannot say for sure how many students could have actually registered as transgender,” she stated.

While the introduction of action sheets for other language subjects like Marathi did not make much  difference, according to Poona Night High School & Junior College Principal Avinash Takavale, the ordinary students who were weak in English suffered due to this.

“I would definitely say the lower result in English might have affected the overall result scenario in the State. While the students of Std X, who also were introduced with the action sheets this year, were guided as to how to solve these papers, the same was not done for the HSC students. Failing to understand the pattern properly, the students did not do well in the subject, leading to a drop in passing too,” Takavale added.

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