With return of SP, pass percentage jumps up again
The Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Council (UP Board) results of Class XII has shown a nearly 10 per cent jump from last year with overall pass percentage being 89.40 per cent. Top board officials attributed this to the hard work of students.
Incidentally, the pass percentage this year seems to be in consonance with the percentages that were the order of the day during the previous Samajwadi Party regime that ended in 2007.
The pass percentages for the year 2004, 05, 06 and 07 were 89.50 per cent, 89.38 per cent, 89 per cent and 89.34 per cent, respectively. Also, the pass percentage in 2004 had jumped by almost 20 per cent as compared to 2003 — 70.51 per cent. During the BSP regime, the pass percentages from 2007 to 2011 had come down and remained in the range of 79 to 80 per cent.
Asked about the allegations of wide-spread cheating and the organised activities of the cheating mafia, Board Secretary and Director (Secondary Education) Vasudev Yadav today said: "Most of the districts — generally known for being cheating hubs — have not performed well. Kaushambi, for instance, is the fourth last district in terms of pass percentage. We had put lot of pressure on the schools to ensure that unfair practices were discouraged. Those schools, where the performance has been less than satisfactory, will be asked to explain the results."
Speaking on condition of anonymity, another Board official conceded that the results generally show a jump whenever SP comes to power. "The figures are there for everybody to see," he said, refusing to elaborate on possible reasons for the same.
Sharing other details, Yadav, said: "The overall pass percentage this year has been 89.4 per cent, as compared to 80.14 per cent last year. The boys recorded a pass percentage of 84.73 per cent, while the girls' pass percentage was 95.52 per cent." Last year, the pass percentage for boys and girls were 70.53 per cent and 90.76 per cent respectively.
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