West Bengal Madhyamik Result 2022: 86.6% pass despite 2 years of pandemic scars – Times of India

KOLKATA: As many as 86.6% examinees passed the Madhyamik examination this year, in results declared on Friday. But the true meaning of this achievement – while only a shade higher than the 86.3% of 2020 – can only be understood in perspective. What the cold numbers do not indicate is that the slight decimal-point rise in this year’s results came despite two years of Covid disruptions. The pre-pandemic world of 2020, when that year’s Madhyamik was held, was vastly different.

Also, according to the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, a record-shattering 114 students are occupying this year’s top-10 spots. The results bear testimony to the grit and determination of examinees, despite physical classes having been held for fewer than 50 days, a sharp fall from the usual 200.

City comes 5th in pass percentage honour roll


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This year’s Madhyamik, held after two years of Covid disruptions, had two students sharing the top spot, with a score of 693: Arnab Gharai of Ramharipur Ramakrishna Mission High School in Bankura and Rounak Mondal of CMS School Burdwan. An equal number – Kaushiki Sarkar of Adarshabani Academy High School in Malda’s Gazole and Rounak Mondal of Ghatal Vidyasagar High School in West Midnapore – secured the second spot, with 692. Four students were declared joint third.

The improvement in the top-notch performances can be gauged by a comparison with previous years. This year has 114 students in the top-10, while it was only 51 in 2019 and 84 in 2020.

To compensate for this year’s learning loss, the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education had reduced the syllabus by 30%. Even then, a significant number of teachers and students had feared that the syllabus load would be too much, in proportion to the number of class-days. There were many who had apprehended high dropout rates and students from remote areas suffering because of the digital divide. But Friday’s results, happily, belie those fears.

East Midnapore is, once again, the leading district in terms of pass percentage, followed by Kalimpong and West Midnapore. Kolkata stands fifth on the success board. Students from the districts have grabbed all but one spot in the top 10. Also, there were 1,82,802 AA grades (over 90% score) in a subject this year, up from 1,78,791 in 2020.

There are, however, some areas of concern. City school principals said the high pass percentage could be explained by the “average performance” of a large number of students. Yet, some city schools that have always had only first divisions in its ranks are in shock, with some students getting second division this year. “There are 39 government schools in the state where 3.2% students have failed, which is unusual in Madhyamik,” said Saugata Basu, general secretary, West Bengal Government School Teaches’ Association. “This is a reflection of challenges that students have faced during the pandemic.”

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