Mumbai division registers pass percentage of 88.75 per cent; individual scores come down, many candidates to opt for revaluation
The much-awaited SSC results were finally released on Monday and students had every reason to celebrate. The overall pass percentage of the state stood at 87.72 per cent (almost 6% more than 2014) and that of students in Mumbai division was slated at 88.75 per cent (over 5 percentage points more than last year).
The number of students scoring 90 per cent and above have increased in the division as well as the state this year, but this could well mean that junior college admissions will get tougher. Pic/Satyajit Desai
According to figures made public by the board, the total number of students who entered the 90%-and-above bunch also increased compared to last year. A total of 48,583 candidates in Maharashtra and 12,100 in Mumbai joined this elite 90-per cent club.
However, while the overall pass percentage has gone up, schools pointed out that individual scores seemed to be lower compared to last year. “Usually when best-five is considered, a language gets dropped out as students tend to not fare well in languages.
Students at the SSC Board office in Vashi on Monday. Many top scorers say that they are not happy with the results
But surprisingly, for many students, Science got dropped from the final score because many have not fared well in that subject. It’s surprising because Maths and Science are scoring subjects,” said Freny Mehta, principal of the Alexandra Girls High School in Fort. She added that many of her students scored very well in Maths but were not happy with their performance in Science. Most schools had similar stories.
They want more
Principals also pointed at how some of the top scorers are not happy with their scores, as they had expected more. “Even the girl who stood third in our school is planning to send some of her papers for re-evaluation.
Most of these students had expected to score better than what they got, and I believe the number of students opting for re-evaluation this year will be more,” said Sister Gail, principal of Mary Immaculate School in Borivli. The Mumbai divisional board office already had hundreds of requests for re-evaluation of papers immediately after the results were announced at 1 pm on Monday.
Starting Monday, students have time till June 29 to apply for photocopies of their original answer sheets; within five days of receiving their photocopy, students have to apply for re-evaluation. Even though many students were unhappy with their scores, students scoring 90 per cent and above have increased in the division as well as the state this year.
College principals stated that with an increase in 90-per cent scorers across all education boards, junior college admissions will get tougher.
“The problem lies in the fact that students are only interested in a handful of colleges, and getting through those colleges will be a task as more and more students are scoring above 90 per cent. Cut-offs may increase by a per cent or two,” said Manju Nichani, principal of K C College in Churchgate.
This year, the number of students caught cheating dropped in the state but the number reported in Mumbai division was double that reported last year. This year, 722 cases of copying, dummy candidates, etc., were reported in the state compared to 757 last year. 82 cases were caught in Mumbai compared to 44 last year.
State education minister Vinod Tawde announced on Monday that next year onwards, the state board will announce SSC and HSC results before mid-May. Accordingly, re-examination for students who fail the exam will be conducted in May itself. This is to ensure that repeater candidates do not waste an academic year to re-appear for their examinations.