In what has almost become a custom in public examinations, be it Class X or Plus-Two, girls always outshine boys.

While all but one of the four district toppers (with Tamil as second language) were girls, all the toppers in the other language category were also girls.

Several State ranks in other languages such as French, German, Hindi and vocational subjects were also mostly girls. However, boys managed to pull one back by outscoring the girls in the differently abled category.

While the pass percentage for girls was 82.93, boys managed to achieve 89.29 per cent. Of the total 97 students in this category, 56 were boys. Of these, 50 boys and 34 girls passed the examinations. A total of 84 students or 86.60 per cent passed the examinations. Of the total 13 students who failed, six were boys. Students from Government, aided, unaided, Corporation, matriculation and Anglo Indian, Municipality and social welfare department schools took the exams in Coimbatore district this year.

The maximum number of candidates came from aided schools, which sent 39 students. Private matriculation schools sent 22 students, all of whom passed. Of the 21 candidates sent by Government schools, 18 cleared the examinations.

Chief Educational Officer A. Gnanagowri told The Hindu here on Saturday that students with difficulties in walking were provided examination halls in ground floor. Students who suffered accidents and injured themselves were assisted by scribes.

Students with visual impairment were provided scribes and an additional hour to complete the exams. Dyslexic students, who were also extended these two facilities, were also provided with calculators and exempted from appearing for one language paper.

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