BCSEA: Despite being mired in a paper leakage controversy, the class XII board examination 2014 result, according to officials, was the best since 2006, with 89.38 percent students passing the examination.
The pass percentage is an increase of 2.77 percent from the previous year.
Among the streams, pass percentage was highest in Science with 94.35 percent, Commerce 86.44 percent and Arts 84.72 percent.
Girls outnumbered boys in the class XII board examination toppers this year. Of the 10 toppers, six were girls. Two girls each stood first and second, while another one took the third position.
With two students each in first and second positions, and another in third, Ugyen Academy higher secondary school (HSS) swept the top positions, in the board examination, while Pelkhil, Jakar, Motithang, Chukha and Damphu HSS bagged the rest.
A science student of Ugyen Academy HSS, Jambay Kinley, who topped the class X examination with 95 percent in 2012, did it again. Since then he has scored 100 marks in every mathematics examination.
The 18-year-old from Rukubji, Wangdue scored 91 percent, with 100 in mathematics, 96 each in physics and chemistry, 72 in English, and 90 in information technology studies.
“I’m happy but the excitement isn’t as much as when I topped the class X examinations in 2012,” Jambay Kinley said. “I owe the success especially to my chemistry teacher for moral support and his efforts, the school, and my parents.”
While he has still to decide, Jambay is interested in furthering his study in physics.
Jigme Wangmo from Pelkhil HSS stood second with 88.75 in Science and fourth overall. Pema Selden also from Ugyen Academy came third with 88.25 percent.
Another Ugyen Academy student, Kinga Pelden of commerce was at the counter of her parents’ bakery shop in Trashigang town, when two of her friends told her that she had topped commerce stream with 89.5 percent and was second in the overall result.
“I couldn’t believe it, so we bet Nu 100, but later I checked with my father and lost Nu 200 to them,” she said.
Kinga Pelden wants to become a chartered accountant one day and if a scholarship slot were available, she would not opt for any other.
Juhee Kim, also from Ugyen Academy came second with 85.5 percent, while Chukha HSS’s Thinlay Penjor took the third position with 81 percent.
The whole Bhutan third and first in the arts stream with 89 percent is Sonam Tshomo from Motithang HSS.
The 17-year-old from Chali, Mongar scored 89 percent in her trials and found the board examination tougher than the trial.
“So I didn’t expect to top the examination,” Sonam Tshomo said adding that she was extremely happy for her accomplishment. “I wish to study further in English if I can get a scholarship slot.”
Jakar HSS’s Arts student Bikash Rai scored 83.5 to share the second place with Dorji Yangzom of Ugyen Academy. In the third place, Damphu HSS topper Leki Tshering scored 80 percent.
In language and culture studies certificate examination, Taktse HSS students booked the first and third spots.
Scoring 83.57 percent, Tshewang Gyeltshen topped, while his schoolmate Dawa scored 80.43 percent for the third place.
A School for Language and Culture studies, Thimphu student Jigme Wangchuk ranked second with 80.86 percent.
A total of 10,252 candidates from 50 HSS, 34 government and 16 private schools, appeared the examination last December. Another 595 students appeared the LCSCE examination.
Students performed well in English, Dzongkha, Geography and Science subjects with pass percentages above 90 percent. The lowest pass percentage was in History with 63.22 percent.
The candidates performed well in geography with 62.08 mean score (measurement of quality of performance). While mean scores in history, economics, accounts and computer studies were between 41 and 46 percent, in most subjects, the mean scores were between 50 and 58.
Students can access their results from www.bcsea.bt or B-mobile users can sms R12(space) index number to 3333 and Tashi Cell users can text their index numbers to 4040.
Students have until February 25 starting today to apply for paper rechecks. The results will be announced on March 6.
Candidates can collect their mark sheets and pass certificates from their respective schools by the second week of March. The BCSEA office would not issue them.
The class X results will be declared by this week or on February 9.
By Tshering Palden