Thiruvananthapuram: More students will be eligible for the Lower Secondary Scholarship (LSS) as the results of the qualifying examination have been modified by the Commissionerate of Government Examinations, Kerala. In all 15,103 students are eligible for the scholarship.
As per the initial results 10,372 students out of the 99,980 who wrote the LLS exam were eligible for the scholarship. Now, 4,731 more students would be eligible.
Class four students who passes the LSS exam would get Rs 1,000 annually as scholarship until they reach Class 7.
Malayala Manorama had reported the other day that the LSS results have been published without proportionally reducing the cut-off marks after two questions were cancelled.
As reported earlier two questions out of 50 were cancelled due to mistakes and the total marks got reduced to 48. The cut-off marks too should have been reduced to 28.8 considering 60% as the qualifying percentage. When the results were published on Friday, only those who scored at least 30 marks were qualified. Meanwhile, the modified results, after making the corrections, came out on Saturday.
As there is no chance to score 28.8 marks, those who scored 29 marks have been included in the latest list.
The erroneous questions were number 14 of Part C Environment Studies and number 23 in Maths. Malayalam, English and Tamil medium students had wrote these papers.
Additionally, four questions in the Kannada medium were wrong. So, the cut-off for this paper was reduced to 26.7. Those who scored at least 27 marks became eligible for the scholarship. The modified results are available on the website of the Pareeksha Bhavan.
The LSS exam pass percentage has now gone up to 15.10% from the initial 10.37%. Still it is lower than last year’s results. Last year, the pass percentage was 35%. The questions were reportedly difficult this time.
There is no change in the results of the Upper Secondary Scholarship (USS) examination. Class-7 students who qualify the USS exam would get Rs 1,500 annually as scholarship until Class 10.
Scholarships pending since 2020
The students who passed the LSS and USS exams in many educational sub-districts haven’t received the scholarship amount since 2020. In many places, the bank account details of the students who qualified the exam two years ago were collected only recently.
The authorities of the General Education Department blamed the Assistant Educational Office (AEO) for the delay in the scholarship distribution.
The AEO is yet to provide proper information about the amount that is to be distributed in each sub-district.
The amount is allowed as per the applications that are submitted to the Directorate of General Education from the sub-districts via the District Education Offices.