Overall pass percentage decreased by 0.39 percent
All three toppers of the Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate (BHSEC XII) December 2015 examination were science students. While 94.76 percent science students passed the examination, the pass percentage fell to 86.87 percent in Commerce and 85.61 percent in Arts.
Only 166 from 3,264 who sat the examination failed in science. That number almost went fourfold in the other two streams, 446 of 3,756 in commerce and 484 of 3,177 arts students having failed.
Rangjung Higher Secondary School student Tashi Wangchuk topped with 88.25 percent, Tashi Tenzin from Ugyen Academy with 87.75 percent came second and his schoolmate Jigme Sherab shared the third place with Ashik Rai from Chukha HSS with 87.25 percent.
Girls topped the other two streams: Tshetrim Yangdan from Mongar HSS scored 86.25 percent in commerce stream and Yeshey Lham from Ugyen Academy scored 83.25 percent to top the Arts stream.
In commerce, Dendup Wangmo got 84.75 percent to come second and with 81.75 percent Karma Dorji came third. Sangay Tenzin and Sonam Pelzom from Damphu HSS scoring 80.25 and 79.5 percent booked second positions in Arts.
Kinzang Dorji from Mongar HSS is also third with 79.5 percent.
Students performed well in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Literature in English and Dzongkha Rizhung with pass percentage above 90 percent.
The History, Economics and Accountancy subjects continue to be the difficult for students with the mean scores 52.05, 48.45, and 50.47 respectively. Mean scores measure the quality of performance.
The overall pass percentage is 88.99 percent, a decrease of 0.39 percent against that of 2014.
All the toppers in the Language and Culture Studies Certificate Examination were from Taktse HSS. Tashi Dorji with 77.57 percent is the first, Ugyen Choden, and Nechen Zangpo came second with 77.29 percent, and Shacha Dorji scoring 76.86 percent is third.
More than 85 percent of the 601 students from Taktse HSS and Kuenphen Language and Cultural Training Institute who sat through the examination passed.
Of the 9,951candidates from 52 higher secondary schools including 16 private schools, that appeared the examination, 4,972 were girls.
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.
“A role model”
The Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate examination topper, Tashi Wangchuk wants to become an architect. Yesterday, he was helping his father build a wall in Yusipang, Thimphu when his friends called him to inform about the Class XII results.
The soft-spoken student didn’t sound excited. All he could do was thank his teachers and parents. “I will always remain grateful to them,” he said over the phone.
Every winter, the 20-year old student from Radhi, Trashigang works at construction sites helping his father to earn enough to meet the educational needs of his four other siblings.
Tashi had studied in Trashigang all his life. He started from Tokshingmang Primary School, continued in Bartsham Middle Secondary School, and then came to Rangjung HSS, all in Trashigang, to pursue his higher studies.
Tashi’s father Dendup Namgay had received countless calls yesterday evening from relatives, neighbours, well-wishers, and friends late in the night. Some even came to their work site to congratulate them. He had just returned from the nearby shop paying the dues when contacted.
“What can I say? We could not support him as much as we wanted to, but he has worked hard and made us proud today,” the father choking in between words said.
His principal Tashi Namgyal calls him a role model student. “Tashi is everything a student should be: obedient, humble yet actively engaging in literary activities, and above all very hardworking,” the principal said.
Tashi will continue helping his father build the wall for the next few months before applying for the scholarships.
“I need to help him,” he said.