Srinagar: Results of the state board’s Class 12 annual examinations of 2018 are the worst in the past 10 years, records of the J&K State Board of School Education reveal.
The 51.77 pass percentage this time has worsened by almost 10 percent as compared to last year. It is also the lowest pass percentage since 2008, when it was still 2 percent higher than this year’s.
Ten years ago, in the 2008 examinations, the pass percentage was 53.50.
The apparently higher pass percentage of 75.47 in the annual examination of 2016 was because of relaxation in syllabus by the government, due to the valley-wide uprising that took place after the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani in July 2016.
Rounded off, the pass percentage in Class 12 exams in both 2009 and 2010 was 55, while the pass percentage was 59 for both 2011 and 2012.
For 2013, 2014 and 2015, the pass percentages had been 52, 55, and 57, respectively.
The Class 12 exams of 2003 recorded the lowest pass percentage of 48.89. This year’s pass percentage is less than 3 percent higher.
While the candidates appearing in Class 12 annual examination rose by 40,436 (29,546 in 2003 to 69,982 in 2018 session) in the past 16 years, the number of candidates passing the examination has risen by only 21,781.
Compared to 14,1446 candidates who passed the examination in 2003, 36,227 candidates have succeeded in the recently declared results for 2018.