The Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate (BHSEC) 2019 Examination recorded the highest pass percentage, 91.55 percent, in the last 14 years.
This pass percentage is an increase of 3.56 percent from 87.99 percent recorded in 2018. An increase in pass percentage in the past three years since 2016 averaged only 1.58 percent.
Science students topped the class XII board examination 2019 result with 96.29 percent candidates passing the examination. The pass percentage is 93.39 percent in Arts and 85.78 percent in Commerce.
Only 95 from 2,560 who appeared the examination failed in science. While 520 of 3,658 in commerce and 320 of 4,873 arts students failed.
Ugyen Academy Higher Secondary School’s (HSS) Tandeen Wangmo topped the examination with 90.50 percent, Angie Yoedzer from Sherubling Central School, Trongsa with 89.50 came second and Basu Dev Upadhya from Samtse HSS scored 89 percent to come third.
In commerce, students from Ugyen Academy HSS bagged all three positions. Scoring 87.75 percent, Esha Sharma topped the stream. Kinley Bidha with 87.50 and Rigzin Bimlha with 85.75 took the second and third positions respectively.
Kinley Namgyel of Motithang HSS topped the arts stream scoring 86 percent. Tshering Yangden from Ugyen Academy with 84 percent came second and her schoolmate Bir Man Ghishing shared the third place with Kelzang Choden from Chukha HSS with 83.50 percent.
While Agriculture for Food Security, Environmental Science and Media Studies have 100 percent students passing the subjects, students also performed well in Biology, Dzongkha Rigzhung, English, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History and Dzongkha with pass percentage above 95 percent.
The commerce subject has the least pass percentage with 69.46 percent.
Of the 11,061 students from 61 higher secondary schools including 20 private schools, that appeared the examination, 10,126 passed the examination.
In the Language and Cultural Studies Certificate, Tenzin Yangzom from Taktse Central School with 75.75 percent came first. Scoring 75.25 percent, Karma Wangchuk from Desi HSS, Thimphu came second and Kezang Dawa with 74.50 percent from Language and Cultural Institute in Thimphu came third.
Of the 349 students from three schools who sat the examination, 303 students passed.
Meanwhile, the Department of Adult and Higher Education (DAHE) is offering 179 undergraduate scholarship slots including 30 in-country slots for the academic session this year. A total of 2,399 students will be absorbed in colleges under the Royal University of Bhutan, which would also include self-financed students.
Given the need for health professionals in the country, officials with DAHE said that five slots were increased for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) under Assistance to Privately Enrolled Medical Students (APEMS) scholarship scheme.
Students have until February 05 to apply for paper rechecks. The results will be announced on February 13.