The overall SSC pass percentage for Mumbai (81.1 per cent) went up by nearly three percentage points compared to last year (78.7 per cent).
“If the teachers are committed and the students work hard then these factors show when the results come out,” said Mumbai division board secretary VS Mhatre.
“It’s a combination of factors rather than one single reason why Mumbai division did well this year.”
In comparison, the overall pass percentage for the state dropped from 80.2 per cent last year to 78.71 per cent this year.
Overall, girls posted a significantly higher pass percentage (81.6 per cent) than the boys (76.4 per cent) in the state.
“Girls are more responsible, more focused and mature, and this shows in all results whether Class 10 or 12 or in the CET,” said Merlin Anthony, whose daughter scored 92 per cent in the exams.
Mumbai division had the highest pass percentage of fresh candidates appearing for the exams with 89.5 per cent clearing SSC compared to the poor showing at the HSC results when the Mumbai division stood fifth among the eight divisions.
“In Mumbai, there are other boards as well which is perhaps why SSC students here feel more competitive and try harder,” said Basanti Roy, former secretary of the board’s Mumbai division.
This is the first year that students had the option of taking lower mathematics.
“This option plus the internal assessment system is possibly also why students have done better,” added Roy.
Several city schools recorded 100 per cent pass percentages, and with the results declared on the basis of Best-Five policy, toppers’ scores inevitably soared.
“It’s a big improvement from last year no doubt, given that one subject is not counted in the total,” said Alka Shelly, principal of Chandaramji Girls’ High School at CP Tank.
The school saw a 100 per cent result and the highest score was 95.45 this year compared to 92 per cent last year.