Patna: The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) announced the results of class-X examination on Friday, which saw a whopping more than 81% students clearing the board. However, unlike the past, students of the much-coveted Simultala Awasiya Vidyalaya (SAV), which was set up by the Bihar government on Netarhat Awasiya Vidyalaya pattern after creation of Jharkhand, failed to make their presence felt in the toppers’ list this year.
Contrary to initial years of its success in 2015-16, when SAV students used to clinch all 1-10 slots of toppers’ list, only ten out of the 90, who got up to 10th rank based on the marks, could manage to enter the highest merit list of 2023 results. SAV students did not perform well in the last year’s matriculation examination conducted by the BSEB. Only five out of the 47 toppers were from the SAV.
Analysts of the examination pattern said that the change in examination pattern was the main factor that led to the poor showing of the SAV students in the board examination. “Meritorious students often failed to perform better, when the questions are set below standards or sub-standards. I am confident that SAV students are academically more sound if compared with toppers of other schools,” said an examination expert.
BSEB officials, however, refused to comment on the under performance of the SAV students, on which the state government spends a huge spending. “The state government are convinced about intelligence and knowledge capabilities of the SAV students. And, hence it has decided to open similar type of school in all districts across the state,” said a senior officer of the state education department.
The Bihar government had opened SAV in September 2010 with Shankar Kumar, currently head of the physics department of Patna Science College, as its founding principal after Neterhat Awavisya Vidyalaya became part of Jharkhand after its creation in 2000. The SAV students took part in their first matriculation examination in 2015 and got 30 out of 31 total slots among the top ten. In 2016, all top ten positions were occupied by 42 students of SAV. However, SAV’s dominance in the results dipped and 12 out of 22 students managed to wrest the topper’s position.
Likewise, 17 out of 24 students, 16 out of 18 students, three out 41 students, 13 out of 81 and five out of 47 students, who were declared the ten toppers in the matric examinations in 2018-22 were from the SAV.
In 2017, the SAV students managed to get four out of the top five students in science and one out of five students in the arts stream for intermediate examination. Likewise, three out of the top five positions in the intermediate arts results for 2018 and four got themselves in the top five places. However, in 2019, only three students of SAV students managed to get among the arts section, while other streams have no presence of science and commerce stream.