The pass percentage in the Class 12 examinations — the results of which were declared on Sunday — have been hovering around the 65 percent-mark, leading to the academia questioning the falling standards of education in the state.
From 2005 to 2007, the state had maintained a pass percentage of about 70 (or a little more than that, as shown in the box) in the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education Class 12 examinations.
Madhya Pradesh registered the decade’s best pass percentage of 81 in 2008.
But since 2009, it has been recording a pass percentage of about 65 (or a little more than that) and experts feel this is mainly due to the deteriorating academic standards in the state’s schools.
"The government needs to introspect on why the schools have not improved and the results are hovering around 65% in the last three years," says Madhu Saxena, a retired principal of a government school in Bhilwara.
Experts also feel there is a need to revamp the valuation process in the state.
Retired professor and academician Zamiruddin says: "The pattern of valuation should be revisited. Teachers are packed in a room and are given a target of certain number of copies for a day."
Another retired teacher, on condition of anonymity, says there is an understanding among teachers that they have to come out with a good result and the answer sheets are evaluated with the same spirit.
Zamiruddin says: "A convention of teachers should be called and they should be asked about the reasons behind such results. They are the best people to answer it and make things better."
However, school education minister Paras Jain dismisses these views and says: "You get marks depending on how much you study."
State’s pass percentage in this decade
Year Regular Private
2005 72.88% 41.23%
2006 70.99% 39.84%
2007 70.66% 41.19%
2008 81% 53.44%
2009 66.28% 30.05%
2010 68.22% 35.46%
2011 65.11% 30.15%
2012 69.23% 36.78%
2013 65.49% 33.86%
2014 65.88% 30.25%
2015 65.94% 29.53%
(Source: Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education)