Breaking all previous records, the results of Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) examinations for Class XII Science, announced on Friday, stood at 94.14 per cent. Out of the 1,14,778 students who registered for the exams, a total of 1,14,204 passed, with girls outscoring the boys.
The passing percentage is two per cent higher than 92.53 per cent recorded last year, when the first batch completed the semester system introduced in Class XI and XII.
Attributing the superior performance to “better quality” of students and the semester system introduced as per the recommendations of the Sudhir Mankad Committee report in June 2011, the chairman of the Board, RR Varsani, said, “This is a record breaking result in the Science stream which is very encouraging. It is well known fact that students who choose Science stream are better than other students. The semester system is designed in such a manner that it gives ample opportunity to students to improve their results over four semesters.”
The semester system has also brought in a considerable improvement in performance of boys, girls, districts, centres and schools with 100 per cent results.
This year, girls score higher
This year, girls outscored the boys, though by a slender margin. The passing percentage for girls stood at 94.43 per cent, compared to 93.98 per cent for boys. Among the three streams, students from Non-Medical stream scored the highest with 95.56 per cent, followed by Medical with 91.62 per cent and 87.10 per cent of students who opted both these streams with Biology and Physics subjects.
Patan tops again
For the second consecutive year, Patan in north Gujarat with 98.61 per cent topped the districts, while the predominantly tribal district of Narmada, with 74.73 per cent, finished at the bottom of the list, replacing the Dangs.
Centres with cent per cent
About 386 schools had 100 per cent results. This is 89 more than those recorded in 2013.
Among the examination centres, Asarwa, Gondal and Dhandhuka secured 100 per cent results. Chotta Udepur, with 55.16 per cent, finished at the bottom, scoring even lower than 2013’s low of 58.69 per cent registered at Santrampur.
English, the better medium
This year again, English medium students scored better than students from Gujarati medium. With 96.71 pass percentage, 18,282 students appeared in English medium. The pass percentage of Gujarati medium was 93.77 with 94,532 students who appeared in this medium. This was followed by Hindi medium (85.62 per cent), Marathi (77.14 per cent) and Urdu (75 per cent).
Chhota Udaepur and Narmada score lowest
Vadodara: The results of the Class XII (Science) board examination conducted by the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) for two tribal districts of Chhota Udaepur and Narmada situated in Vadodara neighbourhood have been the lowest in the state, with the concerned officials blaming poor show on large-scale absenteeism of students in schools situated in these regions which deprive them from availing government initiatives.
While Chhota Udaepur, the new district carved out of Vadodara on January 26, 2013, achieved only 70.02% result, that of Narmada district was 74.73%. The Chhota Udaepur examination centre, one of the two centres in the district, achieved a dismal 55.16% result — the lowest among 213 centres across the state, while another centre, Bodeli saw 84.88% students clearing the examination. A total 935 students appeared from the district, while only 612 could pass.
The GSHSEB has not given separate breakup of pass-percentage of the newly-carved district as the board examination this year was coordinated from Vadodara alone of which it was a part before getting separated. Vadodara saw 90.74% out of 7,233 students clearing the examination. The state average stood at 94.14%.
“So far we have been coordinating examination from Vadodara alone. Now, as we have begun functioning from the district headquarters from this year, we hope to focus on improving the results. The poor result could be attributed to irregularity among local tribal students in attending schools, which is why they lose out on special classes we conduct for weaker students,” M G Malek, who only recently took over as DEO of Chhota Udepur, said.
Narmada, another predominantly tribal district, has achieved only 74.73% result, which is the lowest among the 28 districts whose breakup has been furnished by the GSHSEB. A total 550 students had appeared for the board examination. “We have been conducting special coaching classes for board examination and special focus has been made on tribal students. The result has been better than last year and we hope to improve it further,” Narmada DEO Kamlesh Patel said.