Despite losing months of study due to a civil unrest, last year's higher secondary part two students in Kashmir have fared better than their 2009 counterparts.
“Out of the 52,125 students enrolled for the examinations, 56% students have passed. The pass percentage for academic year 2009 was 55%,” said Sheikh Bashir Ahmad, secretary of the State Board of School Education.
“The pass percentage in government schools is 55% while in private schools it is 88%,” the official added.
The Valley witnessed a spate of clashes between protesters and security forces that lasted six months in the summer of 2010 and left over 100 dead and several more injured.
The results, announced on Saturday, also showed that boys surprisingly fared better than girls although most of the protesters on the streets of Kashmir during the widespread violence that was triggered by the death of a teenager in police action on June 11 last year were male school and college students.
“Of the total passed candidates, 57% are boys and 53% are girls,” Ahmad said.
As the police continue to arrest youth involved in last year’s protests — more than 30 protesters have been arrested in north Kashmir in the last two months — Kashmiris have showed great resentment towards authorities.
“But despite the prevailing turbulence, it is commendable that the performance by students has improved this year,” Ahmad said.