The Simultala Awasiya Vidyalay (SAV) in Jamui held sway over the Class 10 results announced by the Bihar School Examination Board on Sunday.
All the 42 students occupying the board’s top ten list hail from the school, which was set up by the Bihar government on the lines of the Neharhat Vidyalaya – now in Jharkhand. Twenty-four of these students are girls.
SAV’s outstanding performance is significant in the wake of the 28.51% fall in overall pass percentage this year, as compared to 2015. Last week, HT had carried a report predicting that the school was likely to make a clean sweep of the board results.
Around 46% students passed the examination this year, compared to 75.17% in 2015. A total of 15,47,083 students appeared for the examination, of which only 10.86% cleared the examination in the first division – as against 21.45% last year.
Babita Kumari and Trisha Tanvi of SAV shared the first position with 96.6% marks. Fourteen students of the school secured over 96%, which is low in comparison to 19 the previous year.
Contrary to Intermediate Arts (IA) results, which were announced on Saturday, boys outshone girls in overall pass percentage. About 54.44% boys cleared the board this time, as against 37.61% of their female counterparts. Likewise, 14.04% boys achieved the first division as compared to 7.16% girls.
Education minister Ashok Choudhary, who announced the results, said the pass percentage declined because the state board conducted the examination under tight vigil and enhanced the standard of assessment of answer sheets. “We are trying to improve the scenario with the introduction of an online assessment test for Class 9 students. This will help them prepare for the boards (Class 10 exams) in a better way,” he added.
In a major relief measure for unsuccessful students, the board decided to conduct compartmental examinations to three subjects instead of two. “Those who clear them will also be given grades, just like regular examinations. Earlier, they were simply declared passed,” the education minister said, adding that the results of the compartmental exam will be announced in September.
Founding SAV principal Shankar Kumar, under whom these students were selected out of 22,000 through a statewide two-tier test, said those from underprivileged sections delivered an impressive performance. “Their talents will speak for them in the years to come,” he added.