The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) schools in the Southern Region continued to retain the number one position in the country in both ICSE (class 10) and ISC (class 12) 2013 examinations.

The results were announced on Friday.

Karnataka which has 258 schools affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination is the third highest with regard to the number of ICSE schools in the country after West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

The region, comprising Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, recorded 99.66 per cent passes in the ICSE examination, which is 1.46 per cent above the overall ICSE pass percentage.

Of the total 1,40,878 students (including 232 students from abroad), who took the exams in five regions (North, South, East, West and Foreign), 24,963 students appeared in the southern region.

In the ISC exam as well, the region topped with 98.28 per cent, with 4,718 students passing the examination, while the overall ISC pass percentage stood at 95.15. A total of 64,043 students took the exam across the country, and this included 177 students from abroad.

Speaking to The Hindu over telephone from New Delhi, Gerry Arathoon, Chief Executive and Secretary of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination, which conducts ISCE and ISC examinations said that ICSE schools in the southern States had consistently been doing well over the past few years. “The quality of ICSE schools in the south is exceptionally good,” he added.

A region-wise analysis of the ISC exam based on the information provided by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination indicates that schools in the Southern Region have performed the best, followed by the western region which recorded 97.17 per cent passes.

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