The Mumbai division, including Thane, Raigad, and Palghar, finished last in the results of the supplementary Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams held in July.
The division recorded the lowest passing percentage (18.7%) among nine divisions across Maharashtra. The state average was 24.96%.
Last year, the Mumbai division stood seventh in the state.
“We have the highest number of examinees in the state. Other divisions are smaller. Hence, their record is better in comparison to ours,” said Duttatray Jagtap, board chairperson, Mumbai division.
Out of 26,771 who appeared for re-exams from the Mumbai division, only 5, 016 passed.
The supplementary exams were held in July for students who had failed or could not appear for the HSC exams held in February.
Among those who passed, only eight students scoring more than 75%. While 88 students secured first class (above 65%), as many as 2, 438 cleared the re-exam with just passing marks (35%). The rest of the examinees secured second class.
“The division’s performance is poor because we have a large number of students appearing for the re-exam,” said board officials.