With a whopping 183 schools in Uttar Pradesh scoring a ‘perfect zero’, the UP Board seemed to have created another record this year. A day after the world’s largest examining body declared its results, data shows that none of the high school and intermediate students enrolled in these 183 schools could manage to pass the exams.

While 183, including over three dozen government schools, managed a zero, the pass percentage of as many as 339 schools was less than 20%.

Of these, 102 schools got 20% or less result at Class 12 level, while 237 schools fared badly at high school level.

Ghazipur has topped among the districts having schools scoring ‘zero’ results with 24 of such institutions located within its boundaries.

Hardoi is placed second with 18 such schools and Aligarh is third with 13 such institutions. Mainpuri and Etah each have 8 such schools, Allahabad, Deoria and Kaushambi have 7 each, Agra and MIrzapur have 6 each while Lucknow, Kanpur, Bulandshahr, Fatehpur, Mau and Chandauli having 4 such schools each. Another seven districts, including Kanpur Dehat, Rae Bareli, Auraiya, Azamgah, Ambedkar Nagar, Balia and Varanasi have three such institutions each even as two such schools each are located in Etawah, Chitrakoot, Pratapgarh, Sultanpur, Basti, Muzaffarnagar, Jaunpur and Sonbhadra.

Upset with the disheartening results, the UP Board has decided to issue notice to government schools and seek explanation for the ‘extremely poor’ showing of their students.

“We have taken note of schools doing bad this year. While explanation will be sought from government schools, report of other schools will be forwarded to the government,” said Shail Yadav, secretary, UP Board.

The board officials are specially bothered over the fact that three years back the number of schools scoring ‘zero’ stood at mere 11. It rose to around 50 last year and this time has again jumped over 3.5 times to 183.

This rise has raised eyebrows as the past three years have witnessed high school pass percentage at an impressive 83.74% in 2015, 87.66% in 2017 and 81.18% in 2017 while the intermediate pass percentage too has remained pretty high at 88.83% in 2015, 87.99% in 2017 and 82.62% this year.

The ‘zero’ result 183 schools, board officials share, include both government as well as government-aided schools.

Many of these schools hardly have 10-odd students or even less indicating that they have lost the trust of both students and their parents alike.

The pass percentage in high school in private schools this time was 82.82% against 75.51% at government schools and 75.56% in government-aided schools. However, at Intermediate level the pass percentage in private schools this time was 81.26% and remained less than that of government schools that recorded 85.73% of its students passing as well as 85.65% of the government-aided schools.