Aamir Shaikh, 15, a student of Holy Family High School in Andheri will apply for re-verification of his Secondary School Certificate (SSC) marks before July 2.
Shaikh scored 89.3 % when the SSC results were declared on Wednesday. “In school, I secured a second rank and I am sure there must have been a mistake in the calculation of scores. I had expected to get at least 93 %. With college cut-offs being so high, I do not know if I will be able to get admission to a college of my choice,” said Shaikh, a resident of Andheri.
Though Mumbai division’s pass percentage rose from 80.03% last year to 80.65% this year, the number of students scoring 90% and above in the SSC exam fell drastically. In the Mumbai divisional board, last year 14,523 students scored 90% and above while this year only 7,459 students scored 90% and above. In the state too, students getting 90% and above dropped from 42,731 last year to 24,994 this year.
“We do not have a definite reason for the fall in the number of students scoring 90% and above. But it could be because of the new paper pattern and the introduction of higher order thinking questions (HOTS) in maths and science, which require logic and reasoning,” said RR Bhise, Mumbai divisional board.
With the decline in the number of SSC students scoring 90% and above, principals said that CBSE and ICSE students gain an advantage during the junior college admissions. “Last year, many CBSE and ICSE students could not seek admission in our college, but this year I am expecting more students from the two boards to get admissions,” said Jyoti Thakur, vice-principal, Jai Hind College, Churchgate.
The Mumbai divisional board has already received 40 applications from students for obtaining photocopies of their answer sheets. This is the first year that students can get a photocopy of their answer sheets under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Students must pay Rs400 to obtain a photocopy each answer sheet. Students can apply for a photocopy till June 28.