The state Std XII board results are finally out and keeping their winning streak intact, girls have yet again outshone boys by over 7%. While the pass percentage of girls is 84.06%, only 76.62% of boys cleared the boards in the state.
“Due to the junior college teachers’ 20-days-long agitation, including boycotting the assessment of Std XII answer sheets, it was a challenging task to declare results on time,” said MSBSHSE Chairperson Sarjerao Jadhav. “But like every year, we succeeded in declare results in the last week of May.”
The state board had introduced a revised syllabus in the Science stream including core subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. At the beginning of the last academic year, the board had received criticism for coming up with a tough syllabus.
“The HSC results has proved that students have accepted the revised syllabus. The number of those passing the exam has substantially increased since last year,” said Jadhav.
As many as 89.54 per cent students cleared the Physics exam as compared to 83.34 per cent last year. In Chemistry, 92.77% cleared as compared to 87.10% last year. Six per cent more students cleared the Mathematics exam at 88.23 per cent while 93.73% students cleared the In Biology exam across the state.
Yes to re-evaluation
The State Board has introduced an option of re-evaluation of answer sheets for the first time this year. According to the Supreme Court’s decision after the last result, the state board has started giving a photocopy of answer sheets to the students under RTI, by charging Rs 400 per paper as processing fees.
“After getting a photocopy of the answer sheet last year, some students claimed that their papers were not assessed properly. To cater to such complaints, we are introducing re-evaluation of papers. After receiving a photocopy of answer sheets, the students can now claim re-evaluation.”
The board has set charges of Rs 300 per subject for re-evaluation. So, a student applying for both photocopy and re-evaluation will be charged Rs 700 per subject. The deadline for filling forms for a photocopy of the answer sheets is June 19.
0% vs 100% results
This year, a total of 10,88,653 students appeared for the exam across the state. Out of those, 8,70,430 students cleared the exam. Meanwhile, 103 colleges have registered a zero per cent result - 13 in Mumbai division and 10 in Pune division. On the other hand, 389 colleges registered a 100 per cent result with the highest number - 81 colleges - belonging to the Pune division.
Academic wing to check errors in textbooks
The state board has decided to set up a separate academic wing to keep a close eye on newly-published textbooks. “An officer of the rank of Joint Director will be appointed as the head of the wing. Under him, three research officers and five officers will look after assessment of textbooks work,” said MSBSHSE Chairperson Sarjerao Jadhav.
Environmental Science to be 7th subject from this year
The Maharashtra State Board is converting Environmental Science as a seventh subject on the class XII marks list. “Till now, EVMS is a grade subject. But from next year, it will be a separate subject worth 50 marks. Unlike other subjects, the EVMS exam will be conducted by the junior college,” informed MSBSHSE chairperson Sarjerao Jadhav.