With the cut off percentage set at 60.2, only 53.7 percent or 6,187 students who passed the Bhutan Certificate of Secondary Education (BCSE) last year will enroll into a government higher secondary school this year.
The remaining 5,335 students have to seek admission in private higher secondary schools or the technical institutes in the country.
Deputy chief of the school planning and coordination division, Tshering Penjor said, “The cut off percentage was fixed considering the seats available in 40 government higher secondary schools.”
The cut off point for admission in government schools was fixed at 60.2 percent, which is an aggregate of 301 marks in English and four best subjects.
About 11,973 candidates from 111 government and six private secondary schools sat for the examination of which 11,522 passed the examination, 451 failed and 133 were absent.
The overall pass percentage is 96.23 percent, which is an increase by 0.48 percent more than the 2016 pass percentage of 95.75 percent. For Dzongkha, HCG, Economics and Environmental Science, the pass percentage is more than 95 percent and Computer Application has the pass percentage of 100 percent.
Namgyel Pelzang Dorji of Samtse Higher Secondary School topped the examination with 93 percent, followed by Angie Yoedzer of Sherubling Central School with 92.8 percent and Basu Dev Upadhya of Samtse Higher Secondary School with 92.2 percent in second and third positions.
Tenzin Dorji said that BCSEA was satisfied with the performance of students.
“Unlike in the past, the questions last year tested the competency not only fact-based or memory of students,” he said.
The results of the schools will be available to the principals at the websites by using their school codes with password.
The class XI admission interview is expected to take place in the designated centers on February 7. Students and parents are advised to report directly to the admission centers with appropriate documents.
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 between January 18 and 24. A maximum of two papers will be allowed for rechecks and each paper will cost Nu 300. The result will be announced on January 28.
Tshering Palden and Tshering Dorji