Science stream to face most competition
The Madhyamik 2021 results are out and the race for admission to Class XI has begun in West Bengal. With a record 10,79,699 students passing the exam, finding a seat is going to be tough till the school education board increases seats in higher secondary schools across the state.
The competition will be especially stiff for those seeking admission in the science stream. Ninety per cent of the Madhyamik 2021 students have secured first division, and a majority of them are likely to take up science in Class XI.
“We generally see students getting first division opting for science. This year getting into the science stream and getting the desired combination will be tough,” said Barid Baran Mishra, the headmaster of Purulia Zilla School.
Compared to last year, 2,36,946 more students have passed the Madhyamik exam this year. The pass percentage in 2020 was a record 86.34 but this year 100 per cent students have passed the exam and, in an all-time high, 79 students have secured first position bagging 697 marks out of 700.
Over 1,000 students have found place in the top-10 category. More than 6 lakh students got marks above 80 percent.
The admission race has got tougher as most sought-after schools have already offered provisional admission to their Class X students. “We have some seats left and will be taking in students based on a virtual interview, where we will be looking at applicants’ proficiency in various subjects,” said Sunita Sen, the principal of The BSS School.
Not all schools in West Bengal have a higher secondary section.
The admission rush at government schools in West Bengal has already from today. Out of 49 government-run schools in the state, 35 have higher secondary sections.
“Schools have started distributing application forms for admission from today itself and the admission process will begin from next week. In view of the pandemic, we had urged for online admission system this year but that has been turned down. Also, the centralised admission process has been abandoned this year. So students will have to apply individually to all the schools,” said Saugata Basu, the general secretary of the West Bengal Government School Teachers’ Association.
The Madhyamik 2021 exams were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the results were based on 50-50 criteria with 50% weightage each to Class IX final exams and internal assessment scores.
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