Sunday, 24 May 2015
Prison inmates, physically challenged outperform regular students - KOLKATA
Inmates from several correctional homes in the State and physically challenged students outperformed general students in the Class X exams of West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, the results of which were declared on Friday.
While the overall pass percentage across the State staggered around 82.66, the correctional home inmates scored a perfect 100 per cent. Out of the 30 examinees that wrote the examination, all managed to pass the same. This also included three women inmates from Alipore Women Correctional Home and one from Jalpaiguri Central Correctional Home. The female inmate from Jalpaiguri Central Correctional Home, Malti Rajbhar, secured over 67 per cent marks.
“Over the years, a support structure helping the inmates who appear for the Madhyamik (Class X) and Higher Secondary examination has developed in our correctional homes. In certain cases the correctional home arranges for the examination fees as well as books for the candidates,” Adhir Sharma, Additional Director General and Inspector General, West Bengal Correctional Services, told The Hindu .
Along with the inmates from correctional home, physically handicapped students performed better than regular students.
According to the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, the physically handicapped students registered a pass percentage of 90.22.
About 10.27 lakh candidates had appeared in examination that was held across the State in February this year and 8.28 lakh students have qualified the exams.
Though boys have registered a higher pass percentage at 86.61, that of girls has improved at 79.12.
Another interesting point is that Muslim girls have appeared in more number than Muslim boys.
While the number of Muslim boys writing the examination was 96,400, 1.45 lakh Muslim girls wrote the examination.
While some districts surpassed Kolkata in terms of pass percentage, certain schools emerged with exceptional results. In the merit list published by the Board, which named 47 students, nine including the first rank holder, was from Bankura Zilla School.
Source: The Hindu , 23rd May 2015