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Science turnaround boosts inter score
Record jump in pass per cent

Ranchi, May 10: Jharkhand pulled off an academic feat of sorts with the success rate in the intermediate exams of 2014 recording a phenomenal jump, particularly in science which improved by 25.37 per cent, a record since 2006 when the state board took over.

Girls, who were outdone by boys in matriculation 2014, took revenge by performing better than them even in backward districts like Pakur, giving enough reasons for state HRD minister Geetashree Oraon to announce opening of women’s colleges in all districts.

The success rate in commerce also improved by a good five per cent. The arts results will be announced later.

Oraon, who announced the results today in the presence of state HRD secretary K. Vidyasagar and Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) chairman Anand Bhushan, also lauded the remote, rebel-hit districts for doing well despite lack of teachers and infrastructure at plus-two government high schools and intermediate colleges.

Even in matriculation exams, the results of which were declared on April 29, rebel-torn districts like Giridih outshone established educational hubs like Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bokaro and Dhanbad.

Intermediate 2014 was held between February 21 and March 13. According to statistics shared by JAC at today’s function, the number of candidates in science was 82,945 and in commerce 46,179.

The overall success rate in science was 63.65 per cent while in commerce it was 75.83 per cent. Last year, the respective figures were 38.28 per cent and 70.55 per cent.

In science, a total of 67.22 per cent girls cleared the examination while in commerce, 83.96 per cent passed with flying colours.

In comparison, the boys’ performance was lacklustre with a 62.39 per cent success rate in science and 71.71 per cent in commerce.

Overjoyed JAC officials took credit for the unprecedented rise in pass percentage in science.

According to JAC secretary Sushil Kumar Roy, they chalked out an elaborate plan starting from creating question banks to conducting counselling sessions to improve the science score with an eye on the overall success rate.

“We identified key areas to enhance learning progress of students with stress on mathematics and science. We prepared question banks and model question papers that were distributed among all candidates in extra classes,” Roy said.

Appointment of new science teachers across the state also helped.

“There was an acute shortage of science teachers last year as a result of which, the syllabus remained incomplete. But this year, we had appointed qualified teachers who worked hard,” the JAC secretary said.

Enthused with the good show put up by girls, Oraon said her department would open mahila colleges in all districts to boost higher education opportunities.

“Girls can perform better if they are given a conducive academic environment,” she pointed out.

HRD secretary Vidyasagar agreed. “The academic scenario at the higher secondary level leaves a lot to be desired in Jharkhand. Despite the shortcomings, girls have performed extremely well, especially in backward districts like Pakur, which is a remarkable achievement,” Vidyasagar added.

However, some challenges do remain.

“We have only 230 plus-two schools and a limited number of intermediate colleges. We are trying our best to boost the facilities at the existing colleges and open new ones. As far as appointment of teachers is concerned, the remaining 1,000 vacant posts will be filled within six months,” Vidyasagar said.