Girls on top again

Class XII CBSE results record 97 pass percentage

Girls on top again

Students celebrate their CBSE Class XII results at National Public school, Rajaji Nagar in Bangalore on Wednesday. DH Photo by Kishor Kumar Bolar

Statewide results for the Class XII CBSE examination stood at an impressive 97.05 pass per cent, while those for the Indian School Certificate (ISC) Indian Certificate School Examination (ICSE) slipped by two percentage points in Karnataka owing primarily to stricter and efficient evaluation methods.

Following Wednesday’s declaration of results of Class XII and Class X students who appeared for examinations conducted under the CBSE and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) systems, it emerged that  girls continued to outshine boys, though the margin was thin this time.

Of the 5,397 students who appeared for CBSE’s Class XII examinations in the State, 5,190 cleared the test. Girls secured a pass percentage of 97.52 and boys 96.69 per cent. The results of the All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE) examinations were announced for  Ajmer, Chennai and Panchkula regions.

Analysis of Class XII CBSE results for the Chennai region show that Karnataka stood fourth with a pass percent of 97.05. But what has caught the attention of educators is the slight fall in the overall performance of ISC and ICSE examinees. This marginal slide is owed to the CISCE’s introduction of the centralised evaluation system (CES) which was applicable for students who appeared for the March 2010 examinations under the ISC and ICSE systems.

Colonel John Ellis, Bishop Cottons Boys’ School principal and coordinating convenor for the ISC and ICSE examination for Bangalore zone, said the CES had a substantial impact on the results. The CES, he said, included several measures like identifying effective teachers and evaluation systems far different from the typical modes of answerscript correction. “With the CES in place, the evaluation of both ISC and ICSE answerscripts was rigid, which accounts for the dip in the overall percentage in Karnataka,” Col Ellis said, adding, however, that preliminary assessment of ICSE schools in the State suggested they had fared well.

Explaining that students were sensitised about the new system, Col Ellis said: “They were told in clear terms that their answerscripts would be reviewed by a panel of teachers and, therefore, answers were expected to be written clearly and in an attractive way.

Educators said the high pass percentage for Class XII CBSE examination was “commendable” because some of the questions for Science subjects were found incomplete in the state.  

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