Boys outperformed girls in the Class 10 exam conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) this year.
Although girls ruled the Top 10 merit list — 24 out of 42 students on the list are girls — boys performed better overall in the result declared by Bihar education minister Ashok Choudhary on Sunday.
Simultala Awasiya Vidyalaya, Jamui, which was set up on the lines of Netarhat Vidyalaya (now in Jharkhand), dominated once again with 100 out of its total 121 students that took the examination wresting the Top 20 positions.
However, for many, the results were disappointing — 46.66% students managed to pass compared to 75.17% last year. Strict vigil during the examination to curb use of unfair means and enhanced system of evaluation are attributed for the fall in the overall pass percentage.
A total of 1,547,083 students, including 714,751 girls, took the examination, but only 37.61% of the girls passed. The girls also lagged behind boys in terms of first division results — only 7.16% girls passed the exam with first division as compared to 14.04% boys.
Also, more girls failed the exam — 62.21% girls failed compared to 45.30% boys.
In view of the dismal performance across the board, the state education minister has asked officials to determine the reason for the poor showing via a district-wise review of schools.
“Necessary infrastructure, including teacher-student ratio, would be improved to help the laggard schools to upgrade teaching. Accountability will also be fixed on teachers for their failure to impart proper education,” said Choudhary after releasing the merit list.
Bettiah stood out among top performers with 62.47% students achieving success, and Nalanda, chief minister Nitish Kumar’s home town, came in second with 61.12% students passing the examination.
Nalanda students, however, clinched the top spot in first division results — 8,278 students passed the examination with first division, followed by Patna (8,196) and Bettiah (7,857).
About 58.67% students of Shaikhura passed, followed by Saran (58.23%) and Katihar (55.97%). Only 45.27% student made it to the merit list from the state capital.
Buxar recorded the worst performance with only 27.06% students clearing the exam, followed by Sheohar (33.97%), Bhabhua (34.85%), Sitamarhi (36.43%) and Siwan (37.98%).
The general secretary of Bihar secondary teachers’ association and a member of the legislative council, Kedar Nath Pandey, alleged that teachers were finding it hard to complete the syllabus properly as they were engaged in non-teaching works by the government, blaming it for the dismal results.
The education minister admitted that there was acute shortage of teachers in high schools and that the department would start the process of appointing qualified teachers soon. There are only 46,500 teachers for about 3.5 million students of Class 9 and 10 in the state.