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Continuing their unbeaten record of 15 years, girls once again outshone boys in the class 12th examination held by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). CBSE Chairman Ashok Ganguly, however, did not disclose the name of the topper.

Announcing the results at a press conference yesterday, Ganguly said that while the pass rate for girls was 84.41 per cent against the 75.93 per cent for boys, the overall passing percentage remained at 79.55 per cent, 1.75 per cent better than last year.

Out of the 4,35,648 students appearing for the exams, 2,49,400 were boys and 1,26,248 girls. A total of 3,46,565 children passed the exams — 1,89,357 boys and 1,57,208 girls.

 “Girls have been doing better than boys since 1991. This year, they have fared better with a whopping gap of over 8 per cent pass rate, which is the highest in the last 15 years,” said Ganguly.

Ganguly said the feedback taken from various parents indicated that the girls were more focused and disciplined in their studies. “Girls also manage their time better, and are much more creative and innovative in their approach, which helps them to score over boys,” he added.

Ganguly attributed the increase in overall pass rate to novel steps implemented this year, such as the extra 15 minutes of time given to the students and restructuring of the question papers.

Three physically-challenged students — Astha Gupta from Laxman Public School, Delhi, Nirmal Sharda from Tagore Public school, Jaipur and visually-challenged Manju B from Vedvyasa Vidyalayam in Calicut, Kerela — scored more than 90 per cent in class 12 exams, for the first time in the 75-year history of the CBSE.  “These three have proved that physical deformity is not a bottleneck in the path to success,” Ganguly said. In total, 939 physically-challenged students appeared for the XII class CBSE exams this year.

With over 100 students getting above 90%, Amity schools once again showed that they are not only tops when it comes to personality development and imbibing values but also tops in the boards.



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