SSC 2018 results: Sports and cultural marks take scores to 100%
The announcement of secondary school certificate (SSC) exam results on Friday left Mumbai division on a high – 13,329 students scored 90% and above, much higher than last year’s 10,129. This year, Maharashtra saw 63,331 students score more than 90%, higher than 48,800 in 2017. Of the 125 students from the state who got 100%, four are from Mumbai.
How did they manage this feat? According to experts, grace marks (maximum of 25 marks) given to students for participation in sports or performing arts helped those scoring 96% reach the 99-100% bracket. “While students have been getting grace marks for participating in sports for years, this was the second time that they were given marks for practising performing arts. It is clear that there is a lot of awareness among students,” said Subhash Borse, in charge secretary, Mumbai division of the Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE).
Mumbai’s pass percentage was 85.05% (84.9% in 2017), while the state’s pass percentage was 86.43% (85.7% in 2017).
At Vashi’s Fr Agnel Multipurpose School, more than 90% of the class got distinction (above 75%), effectively pushing the number of those scoring above 90%. “Two hundred and sixty-eight of our 295 students got distinction, while the rest scored a first class (60% and above). None of our students scored below 60%,” said a spokesperson for the school. The Alexandra Girls’ High School in Fort too didn’t have a single student scoring below 60% this year.
At Utpal Sanghvi School in Juhu, 61 of the 79 students who took the exam got distinction. “Our distinctions have increased by 13% and 90% scorers have increased by almost 6% compared to last year. The overall result is good,” said Abha Dharampal, CEO of the school, adding the average score of the school has increased by almost 4% this year.
High-scorers who did not get sports or cultural marks had to settle for marginally lesser scores. Madhura Chitale, 15, a student of Swami Vivekananda High School, Chembur, scored 98.8% without grace marks. “I don’t care about others’ scores. I am very happy with my performance. I followed a strict timetable of studies throughout the year. Consistency is the key to scoring well in boards,” said Madhura.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai divisional office of MSBSHSE on Friday barred 36 students who were caught copying during their SSC exam from appearing for the test for one year. Similarly, results of 31 students caught with mobile phones or in possession of the board question paper before the exams began have been kept reserved. This year, eight SSC question papers leaked.