Supplementary exams for the students of Class 10 and 12 were conducted by Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education in July for all those candidates who were not able to clear the main exam conducted in March. The exams were re-conducted with an aim to save the year of those students. As per the reports around 1.3 lakh students did not passed the Maharashtra SSC main exam 2015 and took the supplementary exam.
On the orders of the State Education Minister Vinod Tawde, the exams which are usually conducted in the month of October, were scheduled to be conducted in July so that students’ year does not go waste. He gave these orders with a view point that the successful students would be able to join the academic session from 1 September. Though the initiative was taken to save one year of the students but the revised schedule didn’t prove fruitful to the students as they did not have ample time to prepare thoroughly the prescribed lengthy syllabus.
A total of 1.38 lakh students registered and appeared for supplementary exam, only 25.37% students passed the SSC Supplementary exams for which the result was declared on Tuesday, 26 August. The pass percentage registered by Mumbai is somewhere round 17.84.
Last year 29.3% students were able to clear Supplementary exam, compared to this year. Mumbai’s pass percentage has dropped more down by eight percent, this year the pass percentage recorded is 17.84 per cent while last year, it was 25.88 per cent. Out of the total 1.39 lakh students who took the exam this year, 32,518 appeared in the Mumbai division. Second lowest pass percentage was recorded in the Mumbai region and lowest was recorded in the Konkan region. The thing to be taken into consideration is that as per the results declared in March out of the 9 divisions, Mumbai region ranked on number fourth with a pass percentage of 92.9 the highest in the last 30 years.
SY Chandekar, secretary of the Mumbai divisional board said, “If compared to the previous years, students used to have ample time to prepare for the supplementary exams while this year they had very little time to prepare as the supplementary exams were scheduled for July.” He further said that the students who have not passed the supplementary exams will have to wait till March of the next year to re-appear for the papers.
The principals of the schools located in Maharashtra were of the view that they were well aware about the outcome and now it is very unfortunate on the part of the students that they have lost one entire year. Mansi Wadekar, Principal of Parle Tilak Vidyalaya, said, “Nineteen students appeared for the supplementary exams from my school, of which only one passed. After filling out the forms and completing the formalities, the students only had a few weeks to prepare, which is not enough.”