Cuttack: An estimated 70.78 per cent of the total 5,61,079 students passed the annual high school certificate examination, the results of which were announced by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha here Tuesday.
The pass ratio this year is over five per cent lower than last year’s pass percentage of 76.23 per cent, said School and Mass Education, secretary, PK Mohapatra while announcing the results. Of the 5,61,079 students who appeared for the annual HSC examination, 3,97,125 students have passed the test, he said, adding that among successful students, 1,91,655 are male and 2,05,470 are female.
Secretary of School and Mass Education Department Pradipta Mohapatra said that the pass percentage is low this year due to strict surveillance of malpractices, ensuring that students did not get centres in their own schools and introduction of several sets of question papers. The supplementary exams will be held in the end of June month to ensure that students can take admission in colleges at the right time. Meanwhile, students can apply for rechecking of papers in online mode for 10 days from May 24 onwards. Mohapatra also said strict action will be taken against the teachers of schools where students have performed extremely poorly. At least 1,181 students have been awarded Grade-A1 (more than 90 per cent), 9,938 students got Grade A2 , B1-24,991 and 46,319 students have been graded under B2 category.
Similarly, 76,139 students have been graded under C category, Grade D-1,16,262, Grade E-1,22,062 and Grade F-1, 63,954 students, Mohapatra said.
Koraput recorded the lowest pass percentage of 50.61% while Jharsuguda recorded the highest 85.48% followed by Balasore (85.21 %) and Nabarangpur (81.80 %).
Though 289 schools recorded cent percent results, 82 schools have recorded nil results. Last year, only 36 schools had zero results.
The students had appeared for the examinations held in February-March this year in regular, ex-regular, correspondence, madhyama (Sanskrit) and Open School categories.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has congratulated the students who passed the matriculation exam and wished them good luck in their future career.
“Congratulate all students who matriculated today. Best wishes for your future, Patnaik tweeted both in Odia and English after the results were announced by the board here in the morning.
“The decline in the pass percentage this year was more because of the reforms introduced to check unfair means adopted by the students while writing their papers,” said Mohapatra.
He said the board will take some more stringent measures next year to crack down on the mischief mongers, who were circulating the images of the question papers on social media after the question booklets were taken out of their sealed covers.
“Although, this naughtiness cannot be viewed as a question paper leak, yet, the mischief is denting the image of the Board and the students are getting panicked,” Mohapatra observed.
Among the districts, regular students of Jharsuguda district registered highest pass percentage (85.48), while only 50 percent students passed in Koraput district. More number of girls (2,05,470) became matriculates this year in the state than the boys (1,92,655) in the regular stream. While results of 10 students have been withheld this year, 1124 students were booked as “malpractice” for resorting to unfair means during the examination.
Under Open School system, out of the total 11,219 students, 6,568 students have cleared the exam making the pass percentage 58.53. However, no candidates have been categorized in grade A1. Twenty one students have been graded under B1 category, 297 students have been awarded Grade B2.
The board had cancelled English exam at Ghunsar Government High School in Bolangir, PR High School in Dhenkanal and Krupasindhu Nodal High School at Gopinathpur in Cuttack after the question paper had gone viral. These students will appear for the supplementary exams, informed the BSE officials. In Malkangiri’s Podia High School where 108 OMR sheets had gone missing, the results have been formulated using a special formula based on the answers of the students in subjective papers.