Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-05-16 20:12 Bengaluru: Girls have outscored boys once again in the SSLC exams, results for which were declared by the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board on Monday. Girls secured a pass percentage of 82.64, while boys have a pass percentage of 75.84. Among the districts which performed well in the exams, Bangalore Rural district stood first in the state with a pass percentage of 89.63, Udupi came in second with 89.52 percent, and Mangaluru was in third place with 88.01 percent. Ballari district came in last with 56.68 percent. Kimmane Ratnakar, Higher Primary Education Minister, who addressed the media on Monday, said, “Nearly 8.5 lakh students sat for the exam this year. In 2015, pass percentage was 81.82 percent but this time it is 79.16 percent.” 624 out of 625 Two students from Bengaluru brought laurels to their schools by securing an astonishing 624 marks out of 625 in the exam. Supreeta MA from Holy Child Vidyapeeta School and Swetha S from St Sophia High School in Nagarbhavi both secured 624 marks. "I used to study for six to seven hours. Besides, I took special coaching for Science, Mathametics and Social Studies. I am interested in pursuing engineering," said Supreetha. Swetha, who secured an identical score of 624, said her dream was to become an IAS officer. Her father Shivanna N is a bank employee at Nelamangala and mother Premakala is a homemaker. Zero pass percentage Several schools in the state have recorded zero pass percentage. Minister Kimmane Ratnakar said 52 schools had recorded zero pass percentage, out of which 3 were government schools, 6 aided and 43 unaided schools. Among the districts, Kalaburgi had 11 schools with nil pass percentage while Ballari and Chitradurga had five, Bengaluru North, Bidar and Gadag had four schools each with zero pass percentage. The education minister said he would look into the reasons and take “necessary action”. “The aided and unaided schools will also be given notice,” he said. Chikkodi incident When asked about the Chikkodi school incident, where the students were allowed to copy for one subject, the minister said, “After the media exposed the incident, we took strict measures and fixed video cameras in sensitive schools of Chikkodi, Bellary and Kalaburgi. We are also planning to fix such video cameras in all the schools next year,” said Ratnakar. According to the SSLC board, Kalaburgi also topped the list in cases of malpractices, with as many as 17 schools reporting such incidents. Yadgir came in second and Vijaypura third. “Students who failed in exams need not fear and take extreme steps as the SSLC supplementary examination will be held from 20 June and 27 June,” said Yashoda Bopanna, KSEEB Director.