Revised Kerala SSLC exam results bring relief to pupils

Pass percentage goes up from 97.99% to 98.57% in updated version .

By T K Devasla

Published: Tue 28 Apr 2015, 12:07 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:41 PM

Trivandrum — Ending the uncertainty faced by the students for the last six days, the Kerala government on Sunday republished the results of the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examination held in March this year.

After correcting the mistakes that crept into the results published on April 20, the new version was published on the government websites. The pass percentage has gone up from 97.99 per cent to 98.57 per cent in the updated version.

The marks awarded to students in the updated results also include grace marks. Out of 4, 68, 466 students who appeared for the exam, 461,542 have now been declared eligible for the higher studies. The increase is 0.58 per cent.

The fresh result has also shown changes in the number of students who secured A+ in all subjects and number of schools that recorded 100 per cent result. A total of 2700 students have additionally secured A+ in all subjects.

Kannur was declared as the result with the highest pass percentage when the result was published on April 20, but the updated result found the honour going to Kottayam and Calicut districts. The district with the lowest pass percentage is Palghat.

The board undertook the revision following widespread complaints about various lapses in the original results. While a section attributed this to the pressure mounted by the government on the board to declare the result earlier, Education Minister Abdu Rabb said it was the result of glitches in the software.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has underplayed the fiasco saying that it was minor. However, various agencies have called for reforms in the conduct of the examination in the light of the lapses.

The Kerala Sasthra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP) viewed the errors in the grading system in the SSLC results as a result of the inefficiency of the system itself. The KSSP State president N.K. Sasidharan Pillai and secretary V.V. Sreenivasan have called for a serious discussion on the conduct of the SSLC examination in future.

They said that the major issues that contributed to the latest controversy included evaluation of answer sheets without scientific planning, inefficiency of the software for uploading marks, and exerting pressure on the system by setting unreasonable targets. The students and parents were put to trouble due to this.

Meanwhile, Educational experts have questioned the tendency to artificially hike the pass percentage by liberally granting grace marks. They said this would ultimately affect the student themselves when they seek higher education and job.


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