A large number of students across Delhi schools scored more than 90 per cent in this years’s Class XII CBSE exams, the results of which were announced Sunday. The overall pass percentage rose from 82 per cent in 2015 to 83.05 per cent in 2016.
However, the performance of both government and private schools have declined compared to the previous year.
According to CBSE data, while the pass percentage in government schools across the country dropped from 86.11 per cent in 2015 to 83.85 per cent this year, the pass percentage in private schools witnessed a steep decline of nine percentage points, from 41.22 per cent in 2016 to 32.57 per cent this year.
Pass percentage of government-aided schools, however, witnessed a marginal increase of 1 per cent from 84.42 per cent last year to 85.75 per cent this year. Kendriya Vidyalayas also recorded a slight improvement in their pass percentage, which increased from 94.72 per cent last year to 95.43 per cent.
Sukriti Gupta, a student of New Delhi’s Montfort School in Ashok Vihar, scored 99.4 per cent, topping Class XII exams. The science student scored 497 out of 500 in the board examination. Gupta got 100 marks in Physics and Chemistry, and 99 in Mathematics, English and Computer Science.
Palak Goyal, a science student from Tagore Public School in Pehowa of Haryana’s Kurukshetra district, secured the second spot with 99.2 per cents.
The third rank was a tie between commerce student Somya Uppal of St Theresa Convent in Haryana’s Karnal and science student Ajish Shekhar of PSBB Secondary Senior School in J K Nagar, Chennai. Both of them scored 99 per cent and got 495 out of 500 .
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Girls have performed better than boys this time as well, with 88.58 per cent girls clearing the exams compared to 78.85 per cent of boys.
In several Delhi schools, a large number of students managed to get more than 90 per cent marks. “As many as 77 students out of 200 have scored more than 90 per cent marks in the school. More than 100 have scored more than 90 percent in English,” said Ameeta Mulla Wattal, principal of Springdales School, Pusa Road.
In DPS Vasant Kunj, 46 per cent students scored above 90 per cent and 14 per cent scored more than 95 per cent, said principal Bindu Sehgal. Another school where similar results were reported was Ahlcon International School, Mayur Vihar, where 69 out of 180 students scored more than 90 per cent marks.
Springdales principal Wattal said, “This is reflective of a very big problem. A student securing 95 per cent feels he doesn’t stand anywhere..It is causing a lot of anxiety among the children. We really need to take a hard look at how marks are given.”
Despite an increasing number of students scoring more than 90 per cent, the score in mathematics has been a major source of disappointment for many students.
Students, teachers and parents had protested this year’s maths paper which, according to them, “was too tough”. While the Board had promised “remedial measures” as well as “lenient checking”, students said this was not reflected in their marks.
“After the hue and cry over the paper, CBSE has assured us about better marking. But this hasn’t reflected at all in the results,”said Ashok Pandey, principal, Ahlcon International School.
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