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mumbai Updated: May 18, 2011 00:47 IST
Bhavya Dore
Bhavya Dore
Hindustan Times
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Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) students fared better this year, with a higher number scoring more than 90% as compared to last year, said principals.

At Lilavatibai Podar School, 191 students scored more than 90% as compared to 170 last year. At Jamnabai Narsee School, the number rose from 90 last year to 126 this year.

The board does not release data on how many students scored in the different ranges, but schools said performances had improved.

“It’s fantastic,” said Sudeshna Chatterjee, principal of Jamnabai Narsee. “Even though the Group III subject was not included in the best-five average, our school average rose by 2%.”

ICSE students will not be able to count the vocational Group III subject in their best-five percentage when they apply to junior colleges in the state.

Principals said it was students’ hard work and “strategic studying” that boosted performances. “Our students worked towards doing better,” said Paul Machado, principal of Campion School. “The marking has not become easier. In fact, it seems to have gotten stricter.”

The pass percentage increased by 0.17% in Maharashtra for ICSE and 2.6% for the Indian School Certificate (ISC). The pass percentage in the country improved by 0.3% for ICSE and 0.13% for the ISC. “The pass percentage is rising every year; soon, it might touch 100%,” said Gerry Arathoon, additional secretary and officiating chief executive of the board.

Girls across India and the state outperformed boys this year too. In Maharashtra, the pass percentage for girls in ICSE was 99.98% as compared to 99.89% for boys. The national pass percentage for girls in ICSE was 99.15% as compared to 98.19% for boys. In the ISC, too, girls outperformed boys.