Srinagar: Official claims of improvement in overall educational scenario in Kashmir notwithstanding, this year’s Class 12 results have been lowest in last five years.
The percentage of successful candidates in the results declared Thursday by J&K State Board of School Education dropped to 52 from last year’s 59.
Besides being the lowest since 2008, the seven percent decline in the result percentage is the steepest since 2004.
Despite consecutive three years of mass uprising from 2008 to 2010, the Class 12 results by JKBOSE showed up upward trend with pass percentage of 55 for 2008, 56 for 2009 and 57 for 2010. For relatively peaceful 2011 and 2012, the result percentage remained 59 per cent with 146 and 117 students respectively sharing first ten positions.
Official data shows the result witnessed a quantum jump from 34.37 per cent in 2007 to 55 per cent in 2008. From the beginning of this century till 2007, the percentage remained in low thirties with highest in 2007. In fact, in 2005, the result percentage was meagre 26.98, almost seven per cent less than 2004 (31.54 per cent).
In 2001, the result percentage was 31.46, and it increased scantily to 30.68 per cent in 2002 and 33.34 in 2003 before dropping again to 31.54 per cent in 2004.
Apart from overall pass percentage, this year’s result has been dismissal to previous year on account of Distinctions (75 per cent & above) and the First Divisions (60 per cent or above) also.
While 6565 students scored Distinction last year, this year the number of such students stood at 6260.
Similarly, there has been a gap of more than 750 when it comes to securing First Division with 12,246 achieving the feat last year compared to this year’s 11,494.