This year, Class 12 CBSE students performed better than last year, with city schools reporting higher top scores and an increase in the number of students scoring above 90%.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which declared its Class 12 results on Monday, did not announce the names of toppers. But top scores at most schools were higher than last year. At RN Podar School, Santacruz, the top score for commerce rose from 94.8% last year to 97.4% this year. Similarly, Apeejay School in Kharghar notched up its highest science score from 95% last year to 97% this year.
DAV Public School in Nerul had 19 students scoring above 90% this year compared to 14 last year. At Apeejay School in Nerul, 22 students scored more than 90% compared to 17 last year.
Officials from the Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) Sangathan that administers 12 KV schools in the city said that the general trend showed that average school scores had risen by 2.5 percentage points.
“Students are preparing better, they are more competitive and now have access to better education material and facilities,” said Joes Kurian, principal of DAV Public School in Nerul.
The Chennai region, which includes Maharashtra, outperformed the rest of the country. In the Chennai region, 5,552 out of 61,337 students (9.05%) scored more than 90% while Ajmer region had the second highest percentage with 3.11%. Chennai region’s percentage of above 90% scorers was also higher than its last year’s percentage of 8.16%.
“It is difficult to state a reason for Chennai region’s good performance, the trend has just been like that,” said Vineet Joshi, chairman, CBSE.
Though the Chennai region had the highest pass percentage in the country (91.32%), it was lower than its last year’s pass percentage (92.17%).
“Students are very focused and the literacy levels of parents, their awareness and involvement is higher as compared to other regions,” said Indu Mathur, principal of Apeejay School in Kharghar. The national pass percentage this year rose from 79.87% last year to 81.71%.