The number of Class 10 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) students who scored more than 90% is three times the number last year in the Chennai region (which includes Maharashtra).
This year, 15,363 students scored a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 10 (more than 90%) compared to 4,801 students last year in the Chennai region.
This year, 11% of the students in the region scored the top grade compared to 4% last year.
The CBSE, which declares results for eight regions in the country, issued the cummulative data for five regions (Chennai, Delhi, Ajmer, Allahabad and Panchkula) on Thursday.
The Chennai region had the highest number of 10-point scorers of all the five regions. The Chennai region had the highest pass percentage of 98.92% among the five regions and also bettered its last year’s pass percentage of 96.18%.
“Children are getting analysed on different skills, and schools keep evaluating them until they come up to the level expected of them, thanks to the new format of formative assessments,” said Indu Mathur, principal of Apeejay School in Kharghar. “Children were also less tense this year, which helped them perform better.”
This is the first year that the board exams were optional for CBSE students, and the second year that the board gave students grades instead of marks.
This year, students were allowed to better their grade in academic subjects if they performed well in co-curricular activities. However, the new system with all these changes factored in has not made things too easy, said principals. “The system is not easier, it has just become more learner-centric,” said Jose Kurian, principal of DAV Public School in Nerul.
The surge in the number of high-performing students has further eroded the sheen associated with topping.
“The continuous comprehensive evaluation (CCE) system has made it easy to do well,” said Tejasvin Samarth, 15, from RN Podar School, who scored a CGPA of 10.
“Initially we felt that there was too much to do, but in the end it became easy because we didn’t face the pressure of just a single board exam.”