Strin­gent rules pull down HSC pass per­cent­age in state, city

REA­SON FOR SLIDE Ex­perts at­tribute the fall to change in rules for in­ter­nal evaluation by colleges

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Puja Ped­nekar puja.ped­nekar@hin­dus­tan­

MUM­BAI: Strin­gent rules for in­ter­nal evaluation — prac­ti­cal and oral ex­ams — has brought down the Higher Sec­ondary Cer­tifi­cate (HSC) pass per­cent­age to 83.03% in the Mum­bai divi­sion, from last year’s 86%, which was the high­est in a decade. The re­sults for the HSC exam were an­nounced on Wednesday. The pass per­cent­age of the state, too, dipped to 84.25% from 87.94% in 2015.

Of the 3.20 lakh stu­dents, who ap­peared for the exam in the Mum­bai divi­sion — Thane, Pal­ghar and Raigad dis­tricts — 2.66 lakh passed the exam, while 11.7 lakh stu­dents of the 13.8 lakh ex­am­i­nees cleared the exam across the state.

The pass per­cent­age is in stark con­trast to the state board’s streak of all-time high per­cent­ages in the past two years.

Ex­perts at­trib­uted the fall to the change in rules for in­ter­nal evaluation. In all sub­jects across streams, 20 marks are for in­ter­nal as­sess­ment, which hap­pens at the col­lege-level, while the rest 80 marks are for the the­ory exam.

“The re­sults have dipped this year as colleges were un­able to in­flate their in­ter­nal marks. We had ap­pointed ex­ter­nal ex­am­in­ers to con­duct the in­ter­nal assess­ments, to put an end to the in­fla­tion of marks,” said Gan­gad­har Mhamane, chair­per­son, Ma­ha­rash­tra State Board of Sec­ondary and Higher Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion

(MSBSHSE). “This year, the re­sults may be lower than last year, but they are more re­al­is­tic.”

While the Mum­bai divi­sion main­tained its eighth po­si­tion in the state, the qual­ity of re­sults was the best here. The over­all per­for­mance of stu­dents, how­ever, slipped as com­pared to last year. Stu­dents get­ting dis­tinc­tion (more than 75%) fell to 33,444 from 34, 504 last year, and those se­cur­ing first class dipped to 87,306 from 92,734.

Stu­dents from the science stream fared much worse than last year at most ju­nior colleges. The pass-per­cent­age in the science stream slumped to 87.4% (fresh can­di­dates only) from 93% last year. Physics and math­e­mat­ics, too, had less num­ber of stu­dents pass­ing com­pared to last year — 88.76% and 85.14% re­spec­tively.

Prin­ci­pals blamed the drop in pass­ing per­cent­age on stu­dents fo­cus­ing more on com­pet­i­tive ex­ams than the board ex­ams. CON­TIN­UED ON P12 RE­LATED RE­PORTS, P3 & P4

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