Less than half of the 15.47 lakh students passed class X examinations conducted by the state board, showing a sharp drop of 28% compared to the last year’s results.
Results announced by the Bihar School Examination Board also showed all the 42 students – 24 girls and 18 boys – on the top-10 merit list came from Simultala Awasiya Vidyalaya in Bihar’s Jamui district. This school was set up after the famous school at Netarhat went to Jharkhand after Bihar’s bifurcation in 2000.
After photographs of mass cheating at a class X exam centre in Vaishali went viral on the social last year, strict arrangements, including installation of CCTV cameras and deployment of cops at exam centres, were made this year to check unfair means. Last year, 75.17% students had passed the exam. Only 10.86% examinees were able to secure first division, as against 21.45% last year.
The low pass percentage this year was attributed to the Board’s success in stopping unfair means. “The results are not as expected. But, they show the actual merit of students. Those who have passed will be able to clear competitive exams,” state education minister Ashok Choudhary. The state government will also identify and monitor schools which have done well. Babita Kumari and Trisha Tanvi topped in the state with 96.6% marks. The second spot was shared by Komal Kumari, Abhinav Sharma and Madhukar Kumari with 96.4% marks, while Divya Jyoti and Priyanka Kumari came third with 96.2% marks.