Bhubaneswar: More than four lakh students became new matriculates in the State when the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha declared the results of annual High School Certificate (HSC) Examination-2019 of different categories here on Tuesday.
Nearly six lakh students had appeared for the examinations in February-March in Regular, Ex-regular, Correspondence, Madhyama (Sanskrit) and Open School categories.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the Matriculates and wished them good luck for a good career. “Congratulate all students who matriculated today. Best wishes for your future,” Patnaik tweeted both in Odia ad English after the results were announced by the Board here in the morning.
While the overall pass percentage this year was 70.73, the Regular students registered a pass percentage of 72.35, which is about 3.88 percentage point less than the last year’s performance pegged at 76.23.
“The decline in pass percentage this year was more because of the reforms introduced to check unfair means adopted by the students while writing their papers,” said School and Mass Education Secretary Pradeepta Kumar Mohapatra.
Mohapatra said the Board would take some more
stringent measures next year to crack down on the mischief mongers, who were circulating the images of the question papers on social media after the question booklets were taken out of their sealed covers. “Although, this naughtiness cannot be viewed as a question paper leak, yet, the mischief is denting the image of the Board and the students are getting panicked,” Mohapatra observed.
Among the districts, Regular students of Jharsuguda district registered highest pass percentage (85.48), while only 50 percent students passed in Koraput district. More number of girls (2,05,470) became matriculates this year in the State than the boys (1,92,655) in the Regular stream. While results of 10 students have been withheld this year, 1,124 students were booked as “malpractice” for resorting to unfair means during the examinations.
While 289 schools recorded 100-per cent results, no student could pass in 82 schools.