This was because they fell short of the education ministry cut-off point of 61 percent

BCSE: Almost half of the 11,655 students, who appeared the Bhutan certificate of secondary education examination last year, will have to look beyond government schools to continue their education this year.

One of the worst performances since 2007, according to the Bhutan council for school examination and assessment (BCSEA), 5,972 students scored less than the 61 percent cut off point that the education ministry set for admission in government schools this year.  The cut off point last year was also 61 percent.

The national pass percentage also fell by 2.2 percent in 2013 to 93.73 percent.

Subject wise, students did well in computer applications, English, Dzongkha and History, Civics & Geography, with pass percentages above 95 percent.  The lowest pass percentage was in mathematics with 69.92 percent.

In terms of quality or mean score, the students did well in computer applications with 81.92 mean score.   In most of the subjects, the mean scores were between 51-64 percent.

Scoring more than 305 marks in English and four best subjects or 61 percent, a total of 5,683 students will be placed in the 21 government HSS schools.

Students opting for the science stream must have a minimum of 40 percent in mathematics and 55 percent in science, with pass marks in biology, chemistry and physics.  Merit order listing will be based on the sum of science and mathematics.

All higher secondary schools must have at least one section of science stream.

The merit order for students opting for commerce would be based on their marks in mathematics, and each student should have a minimum of 40 percent.

The school education department announced yesterday that all schools have to maintain a minimum class size of 40 students, and students have to be prepared to study as day-scholars after the boarding seats were filled.

“Schools aren’t allowed to start any stream with less than 20 students, in order to ensure optimum utilisation of resources,” the director general of school education department said in the announcement yesterday.

If a dzongkhag is not able to absorb all its qualified candidates, the district education officer will place them in the nearest dzongkhag schools.

In case of candidates, who cannot be absorbed by the nearest dzongkhag schools, the placement would be coordinated by school liaison and coordination division in placing students to schools in other dzongkhags.

The toppers

Dorji Wangmo, 93.2%
Motithang HSS

Dependra Chapagai 93%
Lungtenzampa MSS

Gaki Lhamo 92.2%
Phuentsholing HSS

Citing better jobs opportunities, all three toppers are opting to pursue science in their secondary schools and aspire to become doctors.

A Motithang higher secondary school student, Dorji Wangmo from Kholomri, Nganglam topped the examination with 93.2 percent.  She scored 97 each in computer applications and mathematics, and the least in Dzongkha at 84.

“I wish to become a cardiac surgeon, so I’d like to pursue science stream,” the 16-year old said.

Dependra Chapagai from Lungtenzampa MSS came a close second with 93 percent and attributed his success to hard work from parents, teachers and his own. “I’m happy because my parents are proud of me,” the 16-year old from Tshokana, Tsirang said.

The youngest among them and in third place is Phuentsholing HSS student, Gaki Lhamo, who scored 92.2 percent.

“I’d like to continue in the same school, and I’m extremely happy for the school,” Gaki said.

In the language and culture studies certificate examination (LCSCE), Thubten Zepa Thegchog of Dzongkha Development Training Institute topped with 85.6 percent, followed by his school mate Neten Phuntsho with 84.4 percent.

Nima Dendup from the School for Language and Culture Studies stood third with 80.2 percent.

A total of 100 candidates from School for Language and Culture Studies and Dzongkha Development training institute appeared the LCSCE 2014 examination; 98 of them passed.


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