Examinations: The class 10 results declared yesterday are the best of the past three years.
This is first time in six years that the pass percentage for the Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) has increased from the previous year. The pass percentage had been steadily declining starting with 97.04 percent in 2011 to 92.95 percent in 2015.
In 2015, 5,414 qualified for higher secondary schools while this year 5,923 qualified for government schools.
A total of 11,991 students from 110 government schools and four private schools sat for the examination in December 2016 compared to 11,550 in 2015.
The cut-off point was 61 percent, three points above that of last year. The overall pass percentage is 95.75, an increase of 2.8 percent in 2015.
Students performed best in Dzongkha, Computer Applications and English with the pass percentage being above 96 percent. Science results were the worst, with a pass percentage of 69.79 percent. Despite that, officials said those who passed in the subject scored well with a mean score of 70.85. In most of the subjects the mean scores were between 55-70.
Juben Rana of Samtse Higher Secondary School (HSS) scored 92.60 percent. Thinley Yidzin Wangden and Karma Yangchen Tenzin from Lungtenzampa Middle Secondary School stood second and third with 91.80 percent and 91.40 percent respectively.
Ugyen Dorji from the Dzongkha Development Training Institute topped the Language and Cultural studies certificate examination scoring 81.60 percent. Kinzang Dorji and Sonam Gyeltshen from the School for Language and Cultural Studies scored 78.20 and 76 percent for the second and third position.
A 15-year-old from Sarpang, juben Rana met the expectations of the school and his mother who is a teacher. “Although it’s a total surprise, I’m really happy and proud of my school and parents,” he said.
But this is not the first time Juben Rana has topped his class. He has been holding the top position in his class for the past five years.
Juben’s mother found it hard to describe her feelings. “He has worked very hard for this and we’re immensely proud,” she said. Her happiness springs from the fact that her son will receive another certificate of merit from His Majesty The King, for the fifth time.
Samtse HSS principal, Tshueltrim Dorji said that Juben Rana is a decent, hardworking and a sincere boy.
Luntenzampa MSS vice principal Kinley Gyaltshen said that the two girls are usually also neck to neck in school as with the national results.
“What stands out about them from the rest is that their parents are concerned for their performance and guide them,” Kinley Gyaltshen said.
Feeling grateful, Thinley Yidzin Wangden, 15, from Drametse said she will pursue the Science stream in her higher studies during which she will decide her future. “Well I couldn’t do much revision but paying attention in class worked for me,” the daughter of a Member of Parliament said.
Science was her easiest subject but she scored the highest in Computer Applications obtaining 97. Her lowest marks were in Dzongkha at 80.
Karma Yangchen Tenzin, 15, from Nemjo, Paro stood third. The daughter of a businessman wants to also pursue the Science stream and become a veterinarian one day. “The result came as a surprise,” she said, adding that she had worked hard for the results.
She has excelled in studies from pre-primary and topped her classes ever since.
The toppers said that they feel grateful to their teachers, parents, and friends who have supported them.
Students can access their results on the BCSEA website, www.bcsea.bt/ and also through SMS using their individual index numbers.
B-mobile users should type R12<space>index number and send to 3333, T-cell users send their index numbers send to 4040.
BCSEA officials said that candidates can collect their mark sheets and pass certificates from their respective schools by the first week of March.
Those wishing to recheck their answer sheets have to apply to the BCSEA before February 13. A maximum of two papers will be allowed for rechecks and each paper will cost Nu 300. The result will be announced on February 16.