The pass percentage in Class 12 examinations has seen a significant dip in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind, an outcome many attributed to the strict measures to curb cheating.
Out of 33,563 students, just 4,404 (13%) - a 56% decline - cleared the board exams in the district notorious for mass copying.
In the previous two years, the success rate of the district was an impressive 4% more than the state average. In 2015, 69.15% students cleared the exam while the pass percentage stood at 69.39 in 2014.
The results declared on Thursday showed that the condition of private students was worse. There were 2,182 students enrolled this year and the number of successful candidates stood at 59 (2.70%).
“The failure of 87% students in the district has proved how rampant the cheating practice was during the examinations in the district,” said a teacher on condition of anonymity.
District education officer SN Mishra admitted that the pass percentage came down by 56% due to effective steps against unfair means during examinations.
“We will try our best to improve education and result of the district next year,” he added.
This year, collector Illyaraja T and superintendent of police (SP) Navneet Bhasin took several initiatives to stop the cheating menace.
And the organised education mafia which had been active in the district for many years faced a hurdle.
“But we are not happy with the pass percentage, which is very low. We will organise special classes for students who got supplementary in one or two subjects.
“For the improvement of result from the next year, we will evaluate the performance of schools and take steps accordingly,” collector Illyaraja Tsaid.