There has been a steady increase in the results of Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examination from past few years. The overall pass percentage has increased to 70.22 from last year's 66.37. If only fresh candidates are taken into account, then the scale increases further at 75.77 %. Girl Students have fared better at 77.25 % as compared to boys at 74.38 % this year. Schools in rural areas have excelled as well with pass percentage at 71.64 (urban) and 75.26 (rural). While addressing the press on Friday, Kumar G. Naik, Commissioner for Public Instruction said, 'Udupi district has topped the State with 86.39 pass percentage, followed by Mandya with 83.78 and Chikkodi with 82.23.' 'Bidar district even though is still right at the bottom but has shown improvement in the pass percentage though, from 27.39 to 41.08,' he added.
A series of quality initiatives by the department has helped in the improvement of the results, and the focus would be on educationally backward districts. Thirty-five schools have registered zero percent results, but only one among them, in Belgaum district, is a government school. While considering the performance of the schools, South and North Bangalore top the list with the highest number of schools securing 100 % results in these two districts