The pass percentage in class XI in Delhi government schools has touched 80 per cent for the first time in eight years, a government official said.

The annual exams of all classes (other than class X and XII) in Delhi government schools were conducted centrally by the exam branch of the Directorate of Education, Government of Delhi. The results were declared by the schools on March 30.

“In Class XI, there has been a significant improvement over last year’s performance. While 71 per cent students of this class passed their exam in 2017-18, it has improved to 80 per cent in 2018-19. From 2015-16 onwards, the pass percentage in this class has been around 72 per cent as opposed to 63 per cent in 2014-15. This year — 2018-19 — it touched 80 per cent for the first time,” the official added.

“Similarly, in class IX, the pass percentage has remained almost the same as previous year. While 57.4 per cent students passed in 2017-18, the pass percentage for 2018-19 is 57.8 per cent,” the official said.

The official claimed that there has been a slow but consistent improvement in the pass percentage over the last four years in this class due to programmes and initiatives like Chunauti and Mission Buniyaad which is strengthening the foundational learning skills of students by the time they reach class IX.

In 2015-16, the pass percentage in this class was 50.8 per cent which improved to 52.3 per cent the next year followed by 57.4 per cent in 2017-18. It is important to note that the improvement recorded last year and maintained this year has been despite the change in the weightage for external and internal components. While before 2017-18 the weightage for external was of 60 per cent, it was increased to 80 per cent as per CBSE norms, the official said.

Other classes that assume significance in the wake of the recently amended Right to Education Act 2009 are classes V and VIII. As per the amendment, state governments are now free to revoke the “No detention policy” in classes V and VIII, the official informed.