WITH the highest total pass percentage of 92.53 per cent against 67.70 per cent last year (or even previous years) the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) claimed the semester system introduced in Class XI and XII was a success in the state. The Board declared the final semester results of Class XII (science stream),the first batch that completed two years of semester system (Class XI and XII),on Monday.
The overall pass percentage witnessed a jump of nearly 25 percentage. Out of 1,13,933 candidates who appeared in the examinations,1,05,418 students cleared them. s. Out of these,74,188 cleared in Group A (Non- Medical),31,173 in Group B (Medical) and 57 in Group AB (both medical and non- medical). Thus,the overall pass percentage went upto 92.53 per cent.
Addressing a press conference in Gandhinagar,education minister Bhupindrasinh Chudasama said,The new education system for Class XI and XII is also aimed at encouraging learning through understanding and not by rote.
Unlike last years,there was not much of a difference in the pass percentage of boys and girls this year. With 92.74 per cent,the boys were marginally ahead of girls with a pass percentage of 92.12. As against 28 schools with 100 per cent results previous year in the annual system,297 schools across the state without a single student failing in exams made a record in the semester system.
Similarly,this year,two examination centres – Sidhpur and Mithapur – made a record of not only highest pass percentage,but also 100 per cent. While Patan,with 97.76 per cent,came out as the district with best results. Another factor that emerged was that the English-medium students scored better over the Gujarati medium. English- medium students scored 96.76 per cent against their counterparts in Gujarati medium whose pass percentage was 91.98 per cent.
The education minister also stressed on the revised curriculum for Class XI and XII that will assist the students in entrance examinations as well. These changes have been implemented keeping in mind the national-level entrance examination (JEE Main and NEET) for engineering and medical institutes. The curriculum is based on the NCERT, he said.
The students,however,had a mixed reaction on this. While some said the semester system eased out pressure,others argued that last-minute preparations will no longer come in handy as marks of all the four semesters in Class XI and XII will be considered as the final result. And that will require two years of continuous studies.
Nimita Taladi from Nirman High School,who scored 99.97 per cent in Class XII,said,It is very difficult to get marks in semester system. As performance of both the years is evaluated,one is required to work hard throughout, she said. Dhruvil Modi,a student of C N Vidyalaya who scored 99.70 per cent,said,It is good that the pressure is maintained throughout Class XI and XII. Bushra Jahan,who scored 99.94 per cent, said,Semester system is both good and bad for the students. If a student doesnt score well in one semester,he can cover up in the three remaining semesters. Similarly,one semesters result can mar the remaining three semesters.