UP: All Students In 150 Schools Fail Class 10, 12 Board Exams
In Uttar Pradesh Board 2018 result, 150 schools have recorded a zero pass percentage, which was declared on April 29. The report came after all the class 10th and 12th students of 150 schools registered to the UP Board failed to pass. There were total 98 such schools in the high school examination and 52 schools in the intermediate examination, including government schools. Not even a single student could pass the exam, as reported by India Today
An education board official as quoted by The Asian Age said, “Over 3.38 lakh students in intermediate have failed in Hindi while the number is twice as much in high school where 7.81 lakh students have not been able to clear the Hindi paper”. A total of 11,19,994 students in classes 10th and 12th examination of the UP secondary education board failed to pass even in their mother tongue, Hindi.
UP board secretary Neena Srivastava attributed zero results to strict anti-copying measures implemented with the help of state government. Hindustan Times reported that anti-copying steps taken by the government stopped corrupt examinee teachers from indulging in unfair practices and also led to several students quitting their exams altogether. To mitigate chances of mass copying, the government installed CCTV cameras at 8,000 examination centres in the state and had deployed a special task force. The crackdown against the copying mafia as well as corrupt elements forced students to either quit examinations midway or prevented examinees from using unfair means.
The Times of India reported that several schools had less than ten students enrolled in both class 10 and class 12 for the examinations. Around 237 schools in UP have a pass percentage less than 20.
The hub of the copying mafia, Ghazipur, had 17 such institutions with zero results. The number included 11 institutions where all students in class 10 were declared unsuccessful while in six schools, the students failed to clear the intermediate exams. No student in a total of 17 schools was able to get the passing marks. The list is followed by Allahabad and Azamgarh, Hardoi, Bahraich, Mau and Mirzapur, Agra, Aligarh, Lucknow, Kannauj and Gorakhpur.
The Logical Indian take
It was reported earlier this year that 10 lakh students in UP skipped board exams in the first four days, out of the 67 lakh who were registered.
Dinesh Sharma, state deputy chief minister, cited the government’s crackdown on cheating and copying as the reason behind the drop in students attending the exams.
UP’s board exams are notorious because of the “education mafia”, a massive racket where sit-in replacements write other students’ exams for money and copying and cheating are widespread.
To encourage students to not drop out, CM Yogi Adityanath had said that students should be provided with a good climate to cope with exams and that it is necessary to think of ways to make exams simpler.
The state government’s efforts are appreciated – taking exams by copying teaches students nothing however, the high numbers of students who have failed Board exams paints a grim picture about UP’s education system.
It is necessary to prevent students from cheating, as is providing them good education. A report released by ASER last year showed the poor condition of education in UP, the state with the highest percentage of out of school girls.