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Tech choice for Class X toppers
- District schools stick to performance standard as region throws up high-fliers

June 2: Like previous years, schools of north Bengal have kept up their performance in the Madhyamik exams, the results of which were declared by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education today.

Though the pass percentage dipped this year, schools in the region maintained their standard as far as the overall performance is concerned.

With 784, Bhaskar Jyoti Debnath has topped Sudarshanpur Dwarikaprasad Uchcha Vidychakra in Raiganj. Besides schoolteachers, the aspiring engineer has seven private tutors to thank for his result. Son of a teacher in the same school, Debnath would have loved to grow long locks like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but for his parents' objection. Of the total 158 candidates from the school, 90 have got first division and 65 second.

Hamim Zafar from Vivekananda Vidyamandir, Malda, has notched up the highest score of 781. Ten hours of work and five private tutors helped the aspiring techie achieve the feat. All his batch-mates in the school have obtained first division marks.

'Since it is not possible for schoolteachers to pay individual attention, one has to depend on private tuition,' said an aspiring techie, Prabir Das, who scored the highest (781) from Alipurduar Rail High School. The son of a retired rail guard had four tutors to help him before the exams. Of the 82 candidates from his school, 36 have secured a first division and 31, second. Among girls in the subdivision, Olivia Bhadra from Newton Girls' High School stood first with 737.

In Siliguri, Saikat Guha has topped Siliguri Boys' High School with 770. Another of the aspiring engineers, he had seven private tutors and studied for 15-16 hours. Of the 176 to take their exams from the institution, 103 secured first division, while 73 got second division marks.

Sayani Pal has topped Siliguri Girls' High School with 768. Of the total 263 students from the school, 217 passed in the first division while 41 in second. Sister Margaret (Nivedita) High School had a topper in Tamal Priyo Barman with 761 and Sukanya Bhowal topped the girls with 732.

Soudeep Deb of Jalpaiguri Zilla School has topped his school scoring 766. A topper among girls from the district, Prantika Bhowmick from Jalpaiguri Government High School scored 749.

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