Assam witnessed less than 50% students passing the exams when results of class 10 exams were announced by the state-run Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) on Wednesday. This was the lowest passing percentage in the past 13 years of the state.
Total number of students who appeared for the exams were 3,72,640 out of which only 1,78,666 students were declared passed which accounts to mere 47.94 percent of the total number of students who appeared for the exams. As compared to last year the drop in the passing percentage this year is 14.84 percent.
According to the result sheet released by the SEBA, this year state records the lowest passing percentage since 2004.
In 2004 the pass percentage was 49.80 percent whereas the highest pass percentage was in 2013 i.e. 70.71 percent.This year's most of the toppers were from the lesser known private schools who secured the first 10 positions and the high profile schools located in the Assam's capital Guwahati failed to secure even one place in the first ten positions.
Assam's Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal congratulated the students (passed) and rank holder while Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced strict action against the state's poor result in exams.
"The success in this examination is the result of the students' hard work and perseverance and through their dedication and sincerity the students must aspire to reach greater heights in the future to be able to contribute meaningfully to the society," Assam Chief Minister said in a statement.