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Revised evaluation system, syllabus helped students shine

A new syllabus and changes in evaluation system led to the high SSC pass percentage in the state.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2008 17:37 IST
Yogesh Joshi

A new syllabus and changes in evaluation system led to the high SSC pass percentage in the state. Capping the unusual feat, 86.33 per cent freshers cleared the SSC Board exam as against last year’s 77.17 per cent.

The overall pass percentage went up by 8 per cent to 78.91. “The huge success is a result of few changes. The Board has allotted 20 marks for oral exam as per the revised evaluation system and the efforts put in by students and teachers on the new syllabus have shaped the big success story,” Board Chairman Vijaysheela Sardesai told Hindustan Times.

Gaurav Kulkarni, state topper from Satara of the Kolhapur Division Board, gave the changes a thumbs-up. “I found the revised one easy to understand. I achieved this feat without without any extra effort,” he said. A student of New English School, Kulkarni scored 636 marks (97.84 per cent).

The second spot was shared by Pooja Wankhade from Yavatmal (Amravati division) and Sayali Sagar from Osmanabad (Latur division) — 632 marks (97.23 per cent). Vasant Kalpande, former Board chairman and the man responsible for bringing in new syllabus, said, “Focus was on how to make the new syllabus more practical.” And this was reflected in the results. Breaking tradition, divisional boards like Aurangabad, Nashik and Latur secured the first three positions in pass percentage.

The top spots are usually taken by Mumbai and Pune. Girls, as always, did better than boys. As against the 76.32 per cent of boys clearing the exam, 82.26 per cent girls passed. Meanwhile, a five-member committee has been formed to conduct a probe on how SV Joshi High School in Dombivli found out that Pratik Ramdasi was the Mumbai topper a day before the results were announced.