Puducherry records lowest pass percentage in last 3 years
PUDUCHERRY: The overall pass percentage in the Class XII Board examination has dipped by more than six per cent this year. Out of 12,473 students who appeared for the examination from the Puducherry and Karaikal regions, 9,309 emerged successful, registering the lowest pass percentage in the last three years.
The overall pass percentage of Class XII students of government and private schools in the Puducherry and Karaikal regions dropped from 81.49 last year to 74.63 this year.
However, students of Karaikal have done marginally better than their counterparts in Puducherry, especially among government schools.
The drop in pass percentage, however, maintained the tradition with girls outperforming boys by achieving a pass percentage of 78.65. Boys recorded pass percentage of 69.92.
The Puducherry region recorded a pass percentage of 74.39. Out of 10,476 students – 4,875 boys and 5,601 girls – who took the examination from the region, 7,793, including 3,389 boys and 4,404 girls, have passed. The pass percentage of boys dropped from 80.05 last year to 69.52 per cent this year, while that of girls slipped from 82.99 to 78.63 this year.
Of 1,997 students, including 863 boys and 1,134 girls, who appeared for the examination from the Karaikal region, 1,516 students – 623 boys and 893 girls – emerged successful. The region registered a pass percentage of 75.91 against 80.77 last year.
The pass percentage of government schools in the two regions dipped by almost 10 per cent this year and stood at 63.84. A total of 5,064 students passed out of 7,932 who appeared for the examination.
Government school boys secured 57.30 pass per cent sliding from 70.94 per cent last year. The performance of girls dropped by 6.88 per cent from 76.06 per cent last year.
There was only a marginal decrease in the pass percentage of Class XII students of private schools in the two regions. Out of 4,541 students who took the examination, 4,245 emerged successful. Girls marginally improved their performance from 95.82 per cent last year to 96.11 per cent this year.
Swapna Sarah Kuruvila of St. Joseph of Cluny Girls Higher Secondary School (HSS) secured first rank with 1,185 marks. R. Harikrishna of Amalorpavam HSS stood second (1,183 marks) and R. Deepika of St. Patrick HSS, third (1,178 marks).
V. Vignesh Ram of Thanthai Periyar Government HSS, Kovilpathu, Karaikal came first among government schools in the two regions with 1,175 marks. N. Jegan of the same school was second (1,155 marks) and S. Shylaja of Thiruvalluvar Government Girls HSS, Puducherry, third (1,147 marks).
Officials of the Directorate of School Education attributed the drop in overall pass percentage to a tough mathematics paper. The total number of subject-wise centum has gone down from 120 last year to 76.
Fourteen schools, including Government HSS, Korkadu, have secured centum pass percentage this year.