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Girls once again outshine boys in class XII CBSE examination: Time to think over emergent gender disparity in academic performance
With the CBSE class XII results getting announced on May 26, once again the girls have outperformed boys with a girl from the humanities stream topping the list with almost perfect score.

Meghna Srivastava of Noida has topped in the CBSE class XII examination this year by scoring 499 out of 500 marks or overall score of 99.8% marks. She got 99 in English (Core), while scored 100% marks in Psychology, History, Geography and Economics.

Furthermore, girls as a group also did better than boys with a pass percentage of 88.31% against that of the boys that stood at 78.99%.

An MHRD release on the results stated, "Meghna Shrivastava of Step by Step School, Sec-132, Taj Expressway, Noida, topped with 499 marks out of 500. Total pass percentage of boys is 78.99% while pass percentage of girls is 88.31% which is 9.32% better than boys.72,599 students scored more than 90% while 12,737 students scored more than 95% in this exam."

The release added that Trivandrum region performed best amongst all regions with 97.32% pass percentage followed by Chennai region with 93.87% while Delhi stands at third position with 89% pass percentage. Total 1106772 students appeared in the exam out of which 918763 students passed the exam. Overall pass percentage of this year is 83.01% which is nearly 1% more than last year.

Congratulating the successful student and expressing satisfaction improved quality of government sector schools Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar advised the poor performers not to lose heart.

A tweet from the official Twitter handle of the CBSE stated, "Be Positive #CBSE Exam Results Result is not the ultimate decisive factor. Explore and choose the next option. Being positive is always the first step to success."

"Instead of glorifying the achievement a few and indulging in smooth talking advice for those who achieved low, the system should work towards achieving performance parity and accept that most children can achieve high performance levels with better classroom practices," said a retired teacher in Jaipur who has worked in the system for many years.

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