After registering an increase in the overall pass percentage for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams in the last academic year,BMC schools saw the figure dip this year. From 64.27 per cent in 2011-12,the figure went down to 64 per cent for 2012-13. Of the 9,807 civic school students who took the Class X exam,6,276 passed.
However,the number of students who scored more than 90 per cent went up to nine this year,compared to the five last year. Nishad Ramavtar from the Municipal Secondary Hindi Medium School in Santacruz (East) was the BMC topper,scoring 93.82 per cent.
The increase in last years pass percentage had been attributed to the Rs 120-crore project that linked several classrooms via video-conferencing.
Asked about the dip,BMC education officer Ravindra Bhise said the result had,in fact,improved,as the number of students scoring over 70 per cent increased. Five years ago,the pass percentage never crossed 55 and we would barely see more than two-three students scoring more than 90 per cent, Bhise said.
According to information compiled by Praja,an NGO working towards civic reforms,in the past four years (2009-2012),the average percentage of students passing the examination from private schools is 82 while that of the students from municipal schools has been 58. BMC spends Rs 50,000 on every secondary school student on an average annually.
In the budget for the current financial year,the civic body increased its allocation of funds for the education department from Rs 1,975.62 crore to Rs 2,115.45 crore.