Despite a slight rise in the pass percentage of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam, Mumbai division’s rank slipped from number two last year to fourth among the nine divisions in the state. SSC results were declared on Wednesday.
While the pass percentage rose from 80.03% last year to 80.65%, the number of students who scored distinction (more than 75%) fell from 77,606 last year to 64,414 this year.
“Mumbai has more students appearing for the exam than any other division. The revised syllabus in math and science could have led to decline in the rank,” said RR Bhise, Mumbai divisional secretary.
This year, 23 schools from the city had a pass percentage of zero. The Mumbai division board will set up an inquiry panel to look into the matter. “We might de-recongnise these schools,” said Bhise.
The state’s overall pass percentage rose to 74.98% from 71.04% last year. The newly formed Konkan division had the highest pass percentage of 90.67% followd by Pune (85.12%) and Kolhapur (83%).