Mixed bag for schools: Few join the 90s club

  • Puja Pednekar & Aishwarya Iyer
  • Updated: Jun 07, 2016 12:52 IST

MUMBAI: The secondary school certificate (SSC) examination results were a mixed bag for city schools. Although some students matched the performance of their CBSE and ICSE counterparts, scoring above 99%, most schools saw fewer students scoring more than 90%, and more students scoring in the 70%-80% range. Disappointed, many students have also demanded re-evaluation.

Of the 3.73 lakh students who took the exam in Mumbai division, including Thane, Palghar and Raigad, 3.19 lakh students passed. Among these, 3.57% students bagged 90% and above, it was 3.69% last year. On the other hand, the number of students scoring 85% to 90%, jumped to 6.02% from 5.95% last year.

School principals attributed the trend to the no-fail policy that mandates automatic promotion of students from Classes 1 to 8. “This is our third batch of continuous comprehensive evaluation (CCE) - where students are assessed on multiple parameters, and not just exams. Our school topper was at 96% last year and this year it has dropped to 92.6%,” said Aruna Pandya, principal of Shree Ram Welfare School, Andheri, which secured 97.81% pass rate, lower than 98.69% last year. “Last year, we had seven students scoring above 90, this year it is only two.”

It was a similar story for Parle Tilak School, Vile Parle (Marathi medium). “We have registered a dip in percentages. Our highest has fallen to 95.61% from 96%,” said Wadekar, principal of the school.

Around 20% of the total students scored in the 70%-80% range, much better than last year. Interestingly, the number of students scoring below 45% has reduced to 9.68% of the total students, from 11.25% last year.

At South Indian Education Society (SIES) School, Matunga, there was an increase in students scoring 90%, but the school said teachers put in hard work to improve the performances. “Due to the no-fail system, our teachers struggled a lot to get students to perform on a par,” said Kalyani Arumugum, principal of the school, which recorded a pass rate of 97.35%. She added, “Students are not happy with the results and many are going to apply for re-evaluation.”

But some of the schools recorded an improvement in the results. “Our school has done extremely well. Our Marathi medium school at Kurla has actually given a push to the overall result. The pass percentage here last year was 53% and this year it has reached 72%,” said Cynthia Dawson, principal of Swami Vivekanand School and junior college, Chembur.

Even St Mary’s High School, Mazgaon (SSC) said the results were better. “My school secured 100% results for the second time in a row. Even on an individual level, students have done very well. I think this is majorly because the competitive spirit is increasing among parents and students alike,” Father Jude Fernandes, principal of the school.

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