STUMPED BY a drastic increase of 80 per cent results in Class X Gujarat state board results in 2016 from the academic year 2015 in some examination centres, the state education department has ordered a probe to carry out a reality check for the possible reasons for this difference. Under the scanner are more than 300 examination centres across all 33 districts where Class X Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) results have a drastic variation.
Also, those centres that have registered a minimal decline (several cases with less than 1 per cent) would not be spared from the enquiry.
“The matter came to the notice of the board after the mass copying case of three centres that reported more than 500 copying cases. The board has already segregated such centres and it has been decided in a meeting on Thursday that a close eye will be kept on such centres where there is a huge variation in results,” confirmed A J Shah, GSHSEB chairman.
For instance, surprisingly, the highest variation of 82.41 per cent in Class X Board results was recorded at Ditvas examination centre in Mahisagar district.
In 2015, out of total students who appeared at the centre, only 7.37 per cent cleared the examinations. However, this pass percentage at the same centre increased to 89.78 per cent in a single year; 2016.
Ditvas is not the only case. Shivrajpur examination centre in Panchmahals district recorded a pass percentage of only 9.04 in the year 2015. This jumped to 79.76 per cent in 2016 with a difference of more than 70 percent in a single year. Similarly, another nearby centre Rameshra in Panchmahals reported an increase of 72.24 per cent. From only 8.56 per cent pass result in 2015, this peaked to 80.79 per cent implying that out of 100 who appeared at the centre in 2016, more than 80 students cleared the Class X result; a ten-fold increase in one year.
Another case is of Karath centre that was started in 2012 in Dahod district that witnessed a difference of 66.53 per cent. From 12.99 per cent pass percentage in 2015, the percentage increased to 79.52 in 2016.
Chhota Udepur district’s Bhesavahi centre’s (centre code number 487) result in 2015 was 10.82 per cent that jumped to 82.18 per cent within a year. More surprising is the fact that Chhota Udepur was the district that was at the bottom among districts — 20.86 per cent — in Gujarat in 2015. Another centre Bhikapur in Chhota Udepur reflected a similar variation. From 9.35 per cent in 2015, the percentage increased to 79.40 in 2016.
Worth mentioning is that Bhikapur is the same centre along with Lambadiya (41.31 per cent increase) in Sabarkantha and Chotila (declined by only 1.59 per cent from 87.53 in 2015 to 85.93 in 2016) in Aravalli district from where 500 mass copying cases in mathematics were detected by the Board in June 2016 during a double check of results. The copying with the help of teachers was detected as students have scored more than 80 per cent in objective while 0 in subjective questions.
Maximum cases of major increase in results were reported in districts of Dahod, Mahisagar and Panchmahals that reported nearly 20 such centres, all with difference above 30 per cent followed by Chhota Udepur and Aravalli districts.
Also, what is concerning the education department is the fact that these cases of high increase in pass percentage at examination centres have been reported when nearly 95 per cent of the centres are monitored through CCTVs.
There are several other centres that recorded an increase between 30-50 per cent. These included Pandhro in Kutch (31.37), Kapadwanj (31.21), Aklacha (40.22) and Vanthavadi (48.95) all in Kheda district.