May 7: Matriculation examinee Anurag Suman’s roll No. 0001 may have been prophetic.
While Anurag (roll No. 0001, code No. 33006) of Netarhat Residential School stood first among 4,69,667 Jharkhand Academic Council matriculation examinees this year with 93 per cent, 3,43,583 students qualified with him.
“The pass percentage of this year’s matriculation exam is 73.15,” said Governor’s adviser K. Vijay Kumar while announcing the results today on www.jac.nic.in.
In 2012, the matriculation pass percentage had dipped to 67.35, while in 2011 it was marginally better at 69.31 per cent. Still, JAC must not get complacent. Earlier, in 2008, the pass percentage had touched a high of 86.99.
Among the districts, Hazaribagh topped the pass percentage listings with 79.55, Koderma a breathing-distance second with 79.26. Palamau stood third with percentage at 78.13 per cent.
Among the others are Bokaro with 77.75, Giridih with 77.61, Godda with 76.92 and Ranchi with 76.12 pass percentages. Kolhan — East Singhbhum (73.36), West Singhbhum (65.10) and Seraikela-Kharsawan (66.07) — offered pass percentages of a mixed nature. In Dhanbad, 71.77 per cent of aspirants passed, lower than the state average of 73.15.
While district education officers of Bokaro Rajiv Lochan and East Singhbhum Ashok Kumar Sharma said the pass percentage of both had gone up by a whopping 10 per cent from last year, their Dhanbad counterpart Dharmadeo Rai added theirs was no less a miracle story.
“Though 71.77 per cent success in matriculation exam isn’t great, going by our last year’s pass percentage of 51, we are on the right track,” Rai said.
Districts considered rebel strongholds showed lower pass percentages _ Pakur with 62.47 and Latehar with 64.
Given the spurt in teen suicides, JAC has also shown maturity in dealing with weak students. JAC chairman Anand Bhushan said they would start counselling students who failed the boards. “From Wednesday, 11am onwards, depressed students can call us on toll-free number 18003456523 and seek expert advice to bust stress,” he said.
Governor’s adviser Kumar also told students who failed to try again and “come out with flying colours”.
“There are lot of obstacles which one comes across in life, but one should continue to work hard to taste success,” Kumar said, requesting parents to encourage their wards instead of humiliating them.
Principal secretary of state HRD department D.K. Tiwary also asked students who had under-performed to not feel discouraged but look ahead.
Data shows that with each passing year, the number of students, including girls, appearing for matriculation is rising, a positive schooling indicator for Jharkhand.
In 2013, 4,69,667 appeared for the exam, in 2012, 4,31623, and in 2011, 3,54626.