The results of the Class X exams of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) were declared on Tuesday showing the girls surpassing the boys. Significantly, the pass percentage of girls’ was 63.97, much more than the boys’ whose number stood at 52.35 per cent. The overall pass percentage was 57.5.
“This year, no grace marks were given to the students, as decided by various educations boards during a meeting held in New Delhi recently. Last year, the pass percentage (with grace marks) was 72.25. If we don’t take these marks into account, the figure drops to 53.76. In 2015, the pass percentage without grace marks was 48.22 per cent. The result has improved this year,” said Board Chairperson Balbir Singh Dhol said.
Alarmingly, around 93,100 of around 3.30 lakh Class X students failed in mathematics. Besides, 21,965 flunked Punjabi. More than 70,000 students flunked English and over 69,000 failed to clear science. However, the pass percentage in English (78.68) was better than that of mathematics (71.82).
“A day after the exam was held this year, we had demanded grace marks. The paper was too difficult for average students,” said Democratic Teachers Front leader Pawan Kumar. Kumar teaches mathematics at a government school in Muktsar district.
“In middle schools, a single teacher takes classes of science and mathematics. Such teachers have to take 42 lectures per week (seven daily. With overburdened teachers, the quality of teaching is bound to take a hit,” he added.