As Bihar School Examination Board’s Class 10 examination results saw a sharp 26-per cent decline in pass percentage, the performance by students of a residential school in Maoist-affected Jamui district was among the few gains.
The other gain, according to state Education Minister Ashok Kumar Choudhary, was the authorities’ success in ensuring that use of unfair means was kept at a minimum. The minister also said that the government will soon put in place a system to evaluate teachers, besides students, to improve results from the next academic session.
Overall, while only 46.6 per cent students cleared the Boards, the results announced Sunday evening showed the top-10 positions were swept by students of Jamui’s Simultala Residential School — all 42 students, including 24 girls, shared the top-10 ranks.
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This is the second consecutive year that the school has swept the state Board Class X toppers’ list. Trisha Tanvi and Babita Kumari, both from Simultala Residential School, topped the exam this year, each scoring 483 marks out of 500. Trailing them by 1 mark are their schoolmates Komal Kumari, Abhinav Sharma and Madhukar Kumar.
The achievement holds more importance since the school has been under threat from Maoists.
In all, 15.47 lakh students took the Class X Boards in the state this year, of whom 8.21 lakh students failed. Of the boys, 54.44 per cent cleared the exams, while the pass percentage among girls is 37.61.
Stating that the result has given the authorities a reality check, Choudhary told The Indian Express, “Though we comply with no-detention policy under RTE, we are now making teachers more responsible by making them maintain a growth chart of every student from class I.”
About “fixed responsibility” to be given to teachers, Choudhary said, “We have already introduced assessment of key subjects for Class IX students from this year. We have a full year to work on weak areas of students. Next year, Class VIII students will go through similar assessment test.”