In what can be termed as a significant trend, the pattern of this year’s CBSE Class XII results reflects that students securing a ‘perfect 100’ may have dipped in numbers, but the overall average performance has certainly shot up.
Students have performed well in almost all subjects, the only exception being Mathematics, wherein there has been a slight decrease in overall pass percentage and average.
“The number of students scoring 90 and above has gone down. But if we look at the average performance of students, I am satisfied,” said Ashok Ganguly, CBSE Chairman. “The change in typology of questions reflects in this year’s results. With some training, there will be a huge change in classroom teaching and this way, we can expect to better the results next year,” added Ganguly.
In subjects like Chemistry, the pass percentage has increased by a whopping 5.11 per cent and the average by 5.86. “The paper was rational and balanced and the confidence level of students was very high,” said Dipankar Mukherjee, chemistry teacher, Springdales, Pusa Road. “Moreover, children have now understood that CBSE poses questions from NCERT textbooks and not high-level reference books provided by coaching classes,” Mukherjee said.
English, which has upset the results of most private schools in the Capital, has more or less maintained its pass percentage, with a marginal increase from 92.23 in 2007 to 93.15 this year.
Despite terming the Physics paper ‘very difficult’, students have managed to do well, with an increase in the pass percentage, although average marks scored has remained the same. “After students complained about the Physics paper, the CBSE had said that it would consider the case. The overall performance in the subject has been good,” said Principal of Springdales, Pusa Road, Amita Wattal,
However, application-based questions ensured that average students were thinking hard. “The paper was more application-based and the language of the questions was twisted. So it took more time for an average student to understand the question,” said JS Virdi, Head of Physics, DPS, R.K. Puram. He admitted that the results had been disappointing. “We expected a lot of high scorers,” Virdi said. The average in Economics and Accounts has remained steady, with a slight increase in pass percentage. “The aim of High Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) is to give something to every student. Therefore, average students have done well by using their analytical skills and not rote learning,” said Ganguly.