Madhya Pradesh school education minister Paras Jain might project the 2% increase in the pass percentage in the Class 10 examinations as an achievement of the government but academicians are worried sick about the state’s crumbling education system.
They say it is a matter of shame that a little more than half of the students had failed their Class 10 examinations in the state, the results of which were declared on Thursday.
Pass percentages in the Class 10 examinations have been decreasing in the last five years except this year (See below).
The overall pass percentage was 54.76% in 2011, which fell to 53.9% in 2012. In 2013, it plunged to 51.19% and touched 47.74% last year.
Fortunately, the state has seen some improvement this year with the pass percentage increasing by 2%.
Districts infamous for cheating and mass copying have displayed better results in the Class 10 examinations.
About 56.09% of the students in Bhind have cleared the exams, followed by 55.64% from Morena.
Students from private category have also showed promising results in the examinations.
While Morena topped the chart with 43.79%, Bhind came second with 31.61%.
An aggregate of 14.02% students have passed in the private category this year.
However, the overall pass percentage continues to be a cause of concern for the academicians.
"Any sensible person would hang his head in shame after hearing the overall result. The school education department has failed the people’s expectations," said MK Saxena, a retired district education officer from Indore.
He said the condition of government schools, especially in rural areas, was worrisome.
A senior official of the education department, on condition of anonymity, blamed the Right to Education (RTE) Act for the poor results.
"The pass percentage for the Class 12 board exam was around 65%. This is because students have already faced a board exam in Class 10. But before that, they are given a general promotion due to the provisions of the RTE," he said.
Class 10 examination pass percentage
Year Pass percentage