Attribute it to constant improvement or upgraded exam pattern, the Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC), which has been facing criticism for poor science results, has finally come out of the blow. The JAC registered 63.65% success in science results, highest in the last eight years.
Out of 82,945 students, who had appeared for the examination in science stream, 52,800 came out with flying colours.
Earlier, the state had witnessed maximum pass percentage in 2009 at 50.39 while the lowest in 2010 at 30.33%.
JAC chairman Anand Bhusan has credited this success to change in question pattern, frequent workshops and engagement of facilitators on science subjects.
“We made several changes in question pattern and made it student-friendly. We also engaged facilitators to help students during regular science teachers’ absence. Besides, frequent workshop for schoolteachers also facilitated the improvement in science results this time,” Bhusan said.
Science results have been an event of excitement not only for the students but also for the education department, as the pass percentage could not even touch 50 since 2010. The stream, which enjoyed rising trend of pass percentage from 43.09 % in 2006 to 50.39% in 2009, started deteriorating from 2010 when the success rate declined to 30.33%.
Former JAC chairperson Lakshmi Singh had been blamed for the poor results. She faced criticism not only from the students’ community but also from the then HRD minister Baidyanath Ram. He had even recommended to the state government for Singh’s removal in 2012 after poor science results in three consecutive years (from 2010 to 2012).
In 2011, when science results registered only 33.70% success, the then JAC chairperson introduced several marks raising measures like multiple-choice questions and step-wise marking.
These efforts raised the pass percentage to 42.32% in 2012. Despite that she faced criticism. The then HRD minister had not even attended the result ceremony in 2012 saying that result was not on expected line.
Meanwhile, students had launched series of protests against the science results. Bowing down to the protest, the then Arjun Munda government had doubled the grace marks from 5 to 10 for that year only. With the grace marks, pass percentage had reached to 48.37 in 2012.
Interestingly, the science result deteriorated again in the very next year in 2013 when Anand Bhusan was appointed as JAC chairman after Lakshmi Singh’s retirement.
The pass percentage in science stream deteriorated from 48.37 to 38.28 in 2013. Then, the JAC chairman Anand Bhusan had held poor school infrastructure, continuous strike in colleges and lower attendance of students responsible for the deterioration in science results.