The results of the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exams of March-April 2014 are out, and the overall pass percentage is 81.19 — the highest in eight years.
This year, 8,26,269 candidates registered, and 8,13,498 wrote the board exams. Of them, 6,60,515 have passed.
The results are already up on many websites and will be displayed at the schools on Tuesday morning.
Though the officials of the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB )claimed the overall pass percentage was the highest in eight years, they did not have comprehensive records to substantiate that claim. Primary and Secondary Education Minister Kimmane Rathnakar said, “We have not compiled data in previous years for repeaters and private candidates. We have details only of regular fresh candidates, and as far as we know, this is the highest in eight years.”
The authorities said some of the data was not relevant. “We have information that many people appear for their SSLC exams just to get driving licences. Repeaters and freshers are not our priority,” said A Devprakash, director, KSEEB.
Candidates appearing for the exams by registering privately numbered 21,811 and repeaters numbered 41,256 in 2014. However, the data provided in different documents did not add up.
In Proforma 3, the total number of private and fresh candidates was 6,43,660 and in Proforma 1, the number was 6,43,662.
When questioned about such inconsistencies, an official said the board tabulated the statistics in a hurry.
“The plan was to declare the results on May 14, but as the minister was not free, we were forced to do it on Monday,” he said. The results show an increase of 3.72 per cent compared to last year. In 2013, the pass percentage was 77.47. The highest marks secured this time is 622 out of 625 by Nithya Surabhi B A from Marimallappa’s High School, Mysore. The second place is shared by four candidates with a score of 621: Abhigna G of VVS Sardar Patel High School, Bangalore, Abhilash R G of MES Kishore Kendra High School, Bangalore, and Sindhu Badarishi and Dhanya Bharath of Sri Vidyamandira High School, Bangalore. The third place is shared by five students who have scored 620.
Chikkodi Stays on Top
A northern district, Chikkodi, is again in the first place, with an overall pass percentage of 91.7. It had topped the list in 2013 also. Sirsi, which was in the 24 position last year, gets the second place this time. Belgaum jumped from the ninth to the third position.
Bangalore South and North have performed badly. Bangalore South slipped from its 2013 position of 31 to 33 this year and North came 24th against last year’s 22nd. The highest number of candidates appeared from these two districts. Bangalore South had 57,666 candidates, while Bangalore North fielded 46,266. Bidar came last again, a position it has held since 2012.
Quality Education Districts
Bangalore North, Bangalore South, Mangalore, Chikkodi, Mysore, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Shimoga, Dharwad, Udupi, Kolar, Hassan, Tumkur, Davangere, Gulbarga, Mandya, Chikballapur, Bijapur, Chitradurga, Bellary, Chikmagalur, Haveri, Sirsi, Bidar, Uttara Kannada, Madhugiri, Bangalore Rural, Gadag, Koppal, Ramanagar, Chamarajnagar, Kodagu and Yadgir.
Supplementary Exams from June 16
The SSLC supplementary examinations will be held from June 16 to 23. Candidates must register by May 26. The fee for one subject is `200, for two `250, and for three and above `315.
Revaluation: Those who want photocopies of their answer scripts and wish to apply for revaluation or retotalling must submit their applications before May 22.
They are required to apply for revaluation within seven days of receiving the photocopies.
Fee: Retotalling `150 per subject, photocopy `300 per subject, revaluation `700 per subject.
Top five: Chikkodi, Sirsi, Belgaum, Mandya, Madhugiri
Last five: Bidar, Bangalore South, Bijapur, Bellary, Gulbarga
Age no bar: Candidates between 40 and 58 years numbered 866. Of them, 75 passed.
Girls on top: The pass percentage of boys is 77, while the girls fared better with 85.46.
Medium-wise pass percentage: English 87.25, Marathi 86.28, Urdu 79.27, Kannada 78.68, Hindi 72.69, Telugu 66.95, Tamil 56.64.
Pass Percentage: Overall 81.19, regular fresh 85.37, repeaters 40.85, private 13.70.
No laptops for toppers? The minister is not sure whether to provide laptops or cash to encourage toppers. Rathnakar said, “We have not decided whether to give cash prizes or laptops.”
80:20 Pattern: From the coming year, the pattern of examinations will be 80:20, where 80 marks are allotted to theory and 20 for external performance.
Four chances for repeaters: Repeaters get four chances to pass their exams, excluding the June 2014 supplementary exams. After that, they have to take up exams under the new syllabus.
0% and 100%
Of 13,971 schools, 17 recorded zero passes, while 628 recorded 100 per cent passes
Subject-wise High Low
Subject 100% 0%
First language 942 224
Second Language 328 224
Third Language 376 241
Mathematics 242 308
Science 16 64
Social science 1058 43
This year KSEEB has come out with a list of districts providing quality education. “Some districts which performed poorly in pass percentage have got a high number of distinctions and first classes,” said Education Minister Kimmane Rathnakar