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The division recorded its lowest score in the HSC examination since 2013 but was still placed second among the nine divisions in the state.
The Kolhapur division pass percentage declined by 4%, in lines with the drop registered across the state, to log in 88.10% result this year. Last year, the three districts in the division has recorded 92.13 pass percentage but were placed third among the nine divisions in the state.
The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) declared the HSC result online on Tuesday afternoon. This year, the state result stood at 86.60% with a decline of almost 5% compared to last year.
Once again, Konkan division topped the state with 93.29 pass percentage to be followed by Kolhapur. Aurangabad division stood at third place with 87.80 pass percentage. Nashik division was at the bottom of the chart with 83.99 pass percentage.
In the division, Kolhapur district catapulted to the top position from the third spot it had earned last year. Kolhapur district recorded 88.81 pass percentage, marginally higher than the division average. Sangli district stood second in the division with 87.90 pass percentage, while Satara district scored 87.32 pass percentage.
Interestingly, a majority of the total students who cleared the exam have scored between 45% and 59% marks in the exam this year. While, 29% students have scored between 60% and 74% marks. As many as 6,543 students scored distinction in the division.
Students from the Science and Commerce streams seem to have maintained the annual pass percentage record, though the Arts faculty reported a sharp decline. The pass percentage for Science and Commerce streams was 95.38 and 92.52, respectively. The Arts stream saw the result decline from 85.35 pass percentage last year to 77.31 pass percentage this year.
In the repeaters result, the passing percentage dropped substantially - by almost 13%. According to data, last year the pass percentage for repeater students was 43%, while this year it stood 30.60%. The Kolhapur board, however, had some reason to cheer. The number of malpractice cases have gone down to 25 from the 44 recorded last year. This is the lowest figure reported in the past five years.
"The result has dropped this year, it is just a routine fluctuation and there was nothing to worry about. "The pass percentage for Arts stream is much lower than the two other faculties, which had a major impact on the overall result. We will have to analyse the reasons behind it."
- V B Paymal, Chairman, Kolhapur Divisional Board (MSBSHSE)
"The division has performed well in the HSC exam, given the fact that results of all the divisions have declined this year. Though the Kolhapur division pass percentage has decreased slightly, it hardly matters, as the change can be relative with the number of students appearing for exam every year."
- Sharad Gosavi, Kolhapur Divisional Board Secretary (MSBSHSE)
Source - Prasad Patil, City Journalist, College Dekho