Over ten lakh students across the State will appear for the Madhyamik (Secondary) examinations of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education scheduled to begin later this week, officials said here on Monday.

Over 10 lakh students

“About 1,016,081 examinees will appear for the examinations this year, although the final tally of students is still being updated as we want to accommodate as many students as possible,” West Bengal Board of Secondary Education president Chaitali Dutta told journalists.

Girls outnumber boys in terms of the number of examinees as over 5 lakh girls had registered so far as compared to the boys who were less than 5 lakhs, she added.

Professor Dutta said that the increase in the number of examinees since last year – the first time the State crossed the ten lakh mark – was about 10,000.  

Asked why the increase was significantly less than last year's, Professor Dutta suggested that it might be because the capacity of schools in urban areas had saturated. There have been new schools that have been set up, but a significant increase is unlikely to be seen before 2013, she said.

“We expect a big jump in the number of examinees in 2013 or 2014, when the recently set up schools start sending up students for the Madhyamik examination,” she added.