Guwahati, May 28: The overall pass percentage in the High School Leaving Certificate examinations has dropped by nine per cent, the most significant dip in five years. The fall was attributed to the board doing away with awarding grace marks to boost overall results.
The Board of Secondary Education, Assam, (Seba) declared the matric and Assam High Madrassa (AHM) examination results today.
The overall pass percentage in the HSLC examinations slid to 61.42 this year from 70.71 per cent last year. The pass percentage had risen from 61.55 in 2009 to 70.38 per cent in 2011 followed by a minor dip in 2012 (69.63).
However, education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the results reflected the rise in the state’s education standards. “The pass percentage is very good by national standards. What you see is the actual result. The number of first and second division holders has increased while that of third division has fallen. Over 80 per cent of first-division holders are from government schools. Secondly, six districts have done better than Kamrup (metro), which shows that quality of education is improving in rural and semi-urban areas,” Sarma said.
To prove his point, Sarma revealed that in 2013, 54,174 students had got first division and this year, 75,616 students have achieved the same feat. The number of candidates who have secured distinction marks has also gone up considerably. This year, 3,191 candidates got distinction as against 1,384 students last year.
Students have particularly done well in English and Assamese.
“This is a positive development, the quality of students securing first division has improved considerably, compared to previous years,” said Seba chairman J.V.N. Subramanyam.
Of the 3,69,075 students who appeared for their matric examinations this year, 2,26,685 cleared it. Of the successful candidates, 1,17,057 (65.33 per cent) were male and 1,09,628 (57.73 per cent) were female. Examinations were conducted in 833 centres across the state during February and March. Nearly 16,000 evaluators were employed to check the answer scripts in 44 zones across the state.
Achyut Ranjan Gogoi from Nazira Jatiya Vidyalaya in Upper Assam’s Sivasagar district stood first in the HSLC examinations this year with 585 marks (97.5 per cent).
Dhemaji district had the highest pass percentage (80.39) followed by Barpeta (76.42) and Nalbari (75.99). The worst performer was Chirang district with a pass percentage of 29.79 per cent, followed by Tinsukia (43.68 per cent) and Udalguri (44.76 per cent). Both Chirang and Udalguri are in the Bodoland Territorial Areas Districts (BTAD).
General secretary of Bodo Sahitya Sabha, Kamalakanta Mushahary, attributed the poor performance in BTAD to lack of awareness among people and failure of BTC administration in working enough for the uplift of education. “There is a lack of awareness among the people. Besides, there has not been required effort from the part of BTC administration. Lack of teachers in school is also another reason,” said Mushahary.
Altogether 9,956 candidates appeared for the Assam High Madrassa examinations this year. The pass percentage fell significantly to 61.4 per cent from 70.08 per cent this year. Of the 6,113 successful candidates, 2,858 were male and 3,225 female.
Imdadur Rahman from Rakhaldubi High Madrassa in Goalpara topped the examination with 538 (89.66 per cent) marks.
The Seba chairman said although the standard of students had improved, the weaker students needed more help. “The students who are at the bottom of the pyramid need further improvement and support in improving their grades. These students will definitely be a special focus group for the board in the years ahead,” Subramanyam said.
Board officials said applications for amendments, if any, in the pass certificate or marksheets should be submitted through the centre or school within 30 days from the date of publication of results.
For results withheld in connection with non-registration, the heads of institutions concerned should contact the registration branch and examination branch of the board respectively with relevant documents. Candidates intending to get their scripts re-examined should apply through the heads of their respective institutions within 15 days of publication of results. The re-examination fee is Rs 300 per paper.
Re-examination is different from re-evaluation. It includes re-totalling the marks awarded by the examiner, assessing answers that have been left unchecked and correction of wrong entry of marks.