East Midnapore ranks first having the highest number of successful candidates followed by Kolkata, South 24-Parganas and North 24-Parganas. This year’s Madhyamik examination witnessed record pass percentage of 82.74 per cent, up by 0.08 per cent over the previous year. Kolkata had to be content with second position by recording an overall percentage of 90.62. Around 93.10 per cent of the total candidates appearing Madhyamik examination from East Midnapore district have passed the examination. In case of South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas and West Midnapore the figures are 89.46 per cent, 88.35 per cent, 85.81 per cent respectively. The pass percentage of students at Hooghly, Howrah and Malda are 85.17 per cent, 84 per cent, 82.76 per cent.
Interestingly, unlike the results of ISC and ICSE which were published last week, in Madhyamik examination boys have performed better than girls securing pass percentage of 86.36 per cent while the pass percentage of the girl students stand at 79.82 per cent. What is more interesting that the visually challenged candidates have an overall pass percentage of 95 per cent. Around 203 visually challenged students appeared in the examination, among which 194 students have passed. Around 123 students with hearing disability had appeared the examination of which 107 have cleared the examination taking the success percentage to 86.99 per cent. Out of 3368 other physically handicapped candidates appearing this year’s examination 316 have passed the examination with the pass percentage standing at 85.86.
On the overall rise of pass percentage by 0.08 percent, Kalyanmoy Ganguly the administrator of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education said that various initiatives taken for improving the overall standard of education and teaching have immensely contributed. With the significant increase in the number of girl students, Ganguly said that this indicates that there is a growing urge not only to send the girls to school among the entire cross section of the society but also to continue their study at least up to the secondary level.
It has been a trend for last few years that students from the districts have been outshining the city students in performance. Some teachers said as outward attractions were few in the districts, the students are concentrating more on the studies. But in Kolkata most of the students are busy in social media and watching television so their concentration gets diverted. This is the reasons why the city based students are lagging behind their counterparts from the districts, feel a section of teachers.