City schools of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recorded an improved performance in the Class 12 results over last year with higher top scores and a greater number of students scoring marks above 90%.
The board announced its results on Monday but did not declare the names of the toppers. Top scores at most schools in the city were higher than last year.
RN Podar, Santacruz, recorded a top score of 98.8% for commerce this year compared to 96.8% a year ago. Similarly, the highest score for science at Kendriya Vidyalaya, ONGC Panvel, shot up to 96% from 59% last-year and commerce to 95% from 70.06% last year.
At the Navy Children School, Colaba, the top scorer recorded 96.5% marks as compared to 93.1% last year. This despite 170 students appearing for the board-based exams. Only four appeared for the school-based option. "This shatters the myth that CBSE students are doing well because they opt for school-based exams," said principal Girija Singh.
Apeejay High School, Kharghar had as many as 16 students out of the 72 that appeared for the exam scoring more than 90% marks compared to 11 out of 70 students from a year-ago.
The Engineering Graphics subject is believed to have helped increase scores. At Rajhans Vidyalaya, Andheri, nine students scored full marks in the subject. "Children are more competitive and our studying better," said principal Deepshikha Shrivastava.
Students also cracked the first round of JEE thus qualifying for the Advanced exam. At Apeejay High School, Nerul, 25 students qualified for the second round. "Students are have taken Class 12 more seriously as it accounts for 40% weightage in national competitive exams,'' said Rakesh Joshi principal of the school.
‘School took care of fees’
Arya Gurukul, Kalyan
Scored 9.8 CGPA
While scoring a CGPA of 9.8 is remarkable by itself, Devansh Iyer, who managed the score in his Class 10 CBSE exams, it is doubly significant.
The score stands testimony to the turmoil and emotional difficulty that he faced as he lost his mother to cancer early this year.
A student of Arya Gurukul, Kalyan, Iyer's loss was met with great support from his school. "I couldn't study for even an hour because of problems at home. My father supported me but my school was my pillar of strength," he said.
With a family torn in dispute and financial problems, Iyer's life post his mother's death became very difficult. "I had to lock myself in my room for hours till I could concentrate on studying. My teachers however took extra efforts to help me catch up whatever I had missed and helped me in every way possible," he said.
Iyer's mother was a member of staff at the same school and the authorities, aware of their financial difficulties, sponsored his some of his academic expenses.
‘I braved broken bones’
Ashok Academy, Andheri
Students can take inspiration from 16-year-old Class 10 student Rajlakshmi Saikia who scored 78% despite having broken her back in a serious road accident.
Saikia was unable sit at a stretch for more than a few minutes. Despite the obvious discomfort, she insisted on writing her own paper and was provided with a bed by the exam centre.
She secured 86 marks out of 100 in social sciences. "I checked my results four times because I could not believe the marks. I was in writhing in pain while writing the paper but I wanted to do it on my own,'' she said.
Saikia, a student of Ashok Academy, Andheri, was hit by a motorcycle while crossing the road in January. She suffered four dislocations in her backbone and had to undergo major surgeries. She managed the score so well despite being prescribed bed rest for a few months.
10 CGPA after chickenpox
Ryan International School, Sanpada
Scored 10 CGPA
Even as a bout of chicken pox afflicted Arunisha Sahay during her Class 10 board exams, she passed with a 10 CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average). Sahay said studying through the fever and pain was one of the most difficult things she has done. "I’m very proud that I overcame this illness and managed to score good marks," she said. Arunisha, who wants to pursue a career in medicine, said she did not join any coaching classes as her teachers were extremely supportive. "Any student who studies sincerely every day can easily score good marks. I used to study for four hours daily and also made sure I went for a walk in the evening to refresh my mind," she said. "My mother helped me through my illness, motivating me and guiding me at every step."