Scores of students along with their parents staged a protest outside the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) regional office in Bhubaneswar on Monday alleging discrepancies in the Class 12 board examination results.
The students and their parents gathered outside the board’s office in Saheed Nagar area holding placards and shouting slogans, a day after CBSE declared the results.
Some students alleged their results were withheld without any reason being cited and others claimed that the evaluation of the answer sheets have been faulty. The protesters demanded immediate action by the CBSE for revaluation of the answer sheets and immediate publication of the withheld results.
“I was shocked to find that I have secured 5 marks in maths and 8 in chemistry, while my English score is 85. I am not as bad a student to fail in the exam. I don’t believe it. I want revaluation of the papers at the earliest,” a student of a city school said.
She said her results were withheld till Sunday evening and then she found that she has failed.
When contacted, CBSE’s regional officer Sumita Singh said the aggrieved students who came with their parents submitted a representation. “We received their representation and forwarded it to our head office,” Singh said.
“Most of the students complained that they have got low marks than expected and sought revaluation,” she added.
She said the results of some to the students were held due to some technical problem which has now been sorted out.
Nearly 82% students, lower than last year’s 83%, cleared the Class 12 exams. The pass percentage for the Delhi region at 86.45 was higher than the national pass percentage, board officials said. Last year, 87.01% student cleared the exam in the region.
Nearly 11 lakh candidates registered for the Class 12 exams, which were held between March 9 and April 29, this year against 10,67,900 students last year.
Board officials said students scoring in the 95-100% range increased to 10,091 from last year’s 9351.
Girls performed better than boys by 9.5% as out of 4,60,026 girls 87.50% passed and 78% of 6,38,865 boys cleared the exam. The pass percentage of disabled students was 86.69 with 2123 out of 2449 passed.
A Noida girl became the topper in the Class 12 exam and students from Chandigarh were ranked second and third across India. Raksha Gopal, who pursued humanities at Amity International School, scored 99.6% marks to ace the exams.