Lowest pass percentage in Uttar Pradesh in last six yearsMay 30th, 2008 - 5:54 pm ICT by admin
Allahabad, May 30 (IANS) The results of Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board class 10 examinations declared here Friday showed the lowest overall pass percentage (40.07) in the last six years, an official said. The UPSEB officials attributed the decline in the results to the strict measures the state government adopted to curb use of unfair means and malpractices by students while answering their question papers.
“Among the anti-copying measures, scrapping of the self-centre scheme that allowed students to take exams at their own college is the main reason for the low pass percentage,” UP board secretary Prabha Tripathi told IANS.
She said that girls once again outsmarted boys in the exams. “The total pass percentage of boys is 31.48 while that of girls is 51.35,” she said.
Girls bagged the top three positions in the merit list. Hari Priya Pandey, a student of Carmel Girls’ Inter College in Gorakhpur district, topped the exams by securing 88 percent marks.
Anjali Verma, a student of Lucknow Public Inter College, came second with 87.50 percent, while Pratibha Verma, a student of Ram Raahi Inter College in Sultanpur, secured the third merit position with 87.16 per cent marks, the officials said.
On the main reason behind the difference of about 20 percent between the results of boys and girls, Tripathi said: “Boys could not perform well in mathematics, which is a compulsory subject for them. However, the girls scored well in home science, which is an optional subject for girls who are not interested in opting for mathematics.”
Over 2.5 million students appeared in the UP board class 10 exams, out of which 1,035,490 students failed to clear it, officials added.