Registration for Class 12 board exams this year has recorded a five-year high at 5.91 lakh, thanks to mass promotions in Class 10 by the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) in 2021 amid the pandemic.
Of the 8.5 lakh regular students who appeared for Class 10 GSHSEB exams in 2021, over 2.6 lakh students or 31 per cent were given mass promotion. The year 2021 also recorded the highest number of students pass Class 12 with mass promotion awarded to 5.07 lakh regular students.
As per GSHSEB records, the registration of 5.91 lakh is the highest in the past five years. Officials said it could be the highest number of regular students to have registered for Class 12 exams so far. “To accommodate these additional number of students, GSHSEB has roped in extra manpower and made additional infrastructure,” shared GSHSEB chairman A.J. Shah.
This includes logistical support, examination buildings, additional supervisors and examination staff to facilitate the increased number of students appearing for exams.
According to sources, additional venues have been arranged across the state. In March 2022, class 12 Science examinations were conducted at 506 venues, which has increased to 581 this year.
For general stream, 1,833 buildings have been arranged, an increase from 1,400 previous year, while around 90,000 staff will be deployed, against 80,000 the previous year.
In 2020, the overall pass percentage of 7,92,942 candidates who sat for the exams reduced from 66.97 per cent in 2019 to 60.64 per cent. In 2022, this pass percentage was recorded as 65.18 per cent.