AS MANY as 56 students made it to the top 10 merit list as results of the Higher Secondary examination were announced on Monday by the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE).
Of the top 10, eight are from Kolkata, including state topper Swagatam Halder. A student of Panchasayar Siksha Niketan, Halder scored 99 per cent marks. Three students have been declared joint second with 98.4 per cent marks while Nilanjana Pal, a student of Arambagh Girl’s High School in Hooghly district has stood third with 98 per cent marks.
WBCHSE president Mohua Das said pass per cent this year saw an increase of 1.27 per cent compared to last year and stood at 83.65, the best figure since 2001.
Noting that the dropout rate this year has also come down considerably from 2.2 per cent in 2013 to 0.87 per cent, state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, said the government would extend its helping hands to all the successful students. “I have spoken to the toppers over phone. This year, dropout rates have come down, pass per cent has gone up and minority students have done well too. It is a good sign indicating the holistic development of the state education. Mamata Banerjee’s efforts have paid off in the state,” Chatterjee said, talking to The Indian Express.
Governor Kesari Nathi Tripathi too congratulated the successful students. “I congratulate those who have successfully cleared Higher Secondary examination as also their teachers and guardians. I pray and wish that they become successful in life and take part in the great task of serving the nation,” he said.
A total number of 7,79,453 students (including external candidates) had appeared for the examination this year. Of them, 6,33,930 have successfully cleared it. Pass percentage of boy students increased to 85.11 as opposed to last year’s 82.96. Pass per cent for girl students has also increased from 81.8 last year to 82.26.
Among the districts, East Medinipur registered the highest pass percentage at 92.38, followed by West Medinipur with 88.96, Kolkata with 87.56, Hooghly with 86.88, South-24 Parganas with 86.84 and Howrah with 86.74. Jalpaiguri district registered the lowest pass percentage at 75.06.
The HS examination for next year would be held from March 15 to 29, the WBCHSE president announced.