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The Mumbai division’s poor performance in the HSC board examination was reflected in the pass percentages of all three streams Arts, Science and Commerce. The over-all pass percentage in each of these streams dipped by one per cent when compared to last years results. Of the 79,932 students who appeared for the board examination in the Science stream, 83.3% passed a one per cent drop since 2011, and a 3.6% drop when compared to 2010. The majority of students (1.75 lakh) were from the Commerce stream, but only 1.1 lakh students or 63.04% passed.
With only 49,290 candidates, Arts not only had the minimum number of candidates, but with only 62.3% clearing the examination, it had the lowest pass percentage among all the streams. Papers in the Arts stream are theoretical and lengthier than Science and Commerce subjects. Also, students in the Science stream can score full marks in practicals unlike those in Arts. And that is why Arts is not high-scoring. That said, it can’t be a justification for the falling grades, said Suhas Pednekar, principal of Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga.Manisha Antale, a psychology professor at St. Josephs Junior College at Nerul, said: I have noticed that students who do very well in SSC usually tend to become lax in junior college especially in the Arts stream. A few college principals, however, said that many students who had opted for Arts had scored 90% and above, which is a rare but growing trend. Commerce, too, saw a dip in its overall pass percentage leaving more principals worried as the subject is considered to be high-scoring. The poor performance in the Commerce stream can be attributed to a syllabus change, which came into effect this year.Even though Commerce students have high-scoring subjects such Mathematics and Accountancy where one can get full marks, they have equally difficult subjects like languages and Organisation of Commerce (OC), said T Shiware, principal of Hinduja College, Grant Road. According to Shiware, colleges need to introduce extra classes for academically weaker students in order to increase the overall pass percentage. This, he said, could be one way to improve Mumbais pass percentage.
Courtesy: Times of India
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