With a further decline of two per cent from previous year result, the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) Class XII Commerce and Arts stream result that was declared Saturday secured 66.27 per cent. It was 68.29 per cent in 2013.
After the state board Class XII Science results that broke all previous year records by securing the highest results of 94.14 per cent, the Commerce and Arts stream result was an embarrassment for the Board that failed to break even the previous year record, rather further declined by two per cent.
As per the pass percentage records of last two decades, the result is even 2 per cent lower than what was achieved in 1994 when the percentage was 68.33 per cent. Moreover, the results have seen a continuous decline if compared with the highest pass percentage of 91.02 per cent that was recorded in the year 2006.
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However, the Board officials claimed that the low result of open school candidates that was 44.05 per cent as compared to 76.24 pass percentage of regular students has resulted in a decline of the overall result.
Another stark trend witnessed this year is a wide gap in the pass percentage of girls and boys. With pass percentage of 59.26 per cent, boys scored 18.11 per cent lower than the girls they scored 77.37 per cent. While, girls were able to maintain the pass percentage when compared with the previous year (77.55 per cent), for boys it went down from 62 per cent to 59.26 per cent.
Also, this year, there was a decline from 199 to 190 in the number of schools with 100 per cent result. Another indicator of lower results was the number of schools with less than 10 per cent result. This was nearly double than previous year. In 2013, 33 schools were in the list that increased to 60, this year.
With 86.74 per cent, the tribal district of Dahod topped among the districts while centrally administered areas of Diu and Daman recorded the lowest pass percentage of 50.89.
Another decline in the pass percentage of English and Gujarati medium was witnessed, this year. It was 83.07 per cent for English medium while 62.02 per cent for Gujarati medium, two and 5 per cent lower than previous year, respectively.
With the use of CCTV cameras and computer tablets this year, the number of copy cases increased from 39 to 255.