Students perform poorly in Commerce and Economics subjects

Except for Arts stream, students of private schools bagged the top positions in Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate (BHSEC) examinations 2018.

The Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) declared the class XII results yesterday. 

Science and Commerce toppers are from Ugyen Academy Higher Secondary School. The topper of Language and Culture Studies Certificate (LCSC) is from Desi High School in Thimphu.

Scoring 91 percent, Tshering Wangmo from Ugyen Academy topped the Science stream. Tandin Dorji with 90 percent and Juben Rana with 89.25 percent, both from Samtse Higher Secondary School, came second and third. Juben Rana had topped the class X examinations in 2016.

With 90.25 percent, Namgay Pelmo from Ugyen Academy topped Commerce stream. Nidup Yeshi and Sejal Chhetri from Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School came and third with 85.25 percent and 84.75 percent.

In Arts stream, Deki Tshomo from Mongar Higher Secondary School topped with 83.75 percent. Sangay Dhendup Tshering and Daychok Wangmo from Ugyen Academy came second (83 percent) and third (82.25 percent).

A total of 10,648 candidates from 59 Higher Secondary Schools (40 government and 19 private schools) registered of which 10,503 sat the examinations.  Of the 9,114 candidates who passed the examination, 4,673 were female.

The overall pass percentage is 86.78 percent, 4.69 percent drop from 91.47 percent in 2017. Pass percentage for Science is 96.20 percent, 79.92 percent for Commerce and 86.51 percent for Arts.

The last time BCSEA recorded an overall pass percentage of more than 90 percent was in 2006 after which the pass percentage has remained above 80 percent.

According to BSCEA, BHSEC examinations 2018 saw the worst performance in Commerce and Economics subjects. The mean percentage for Economics is 45.53. For Commerce, the mean percentage is 47.68.

Agriculture and Food Security saw the highest (73.98 percent) mean score, followed by Environmental Science (73.40 percent) and Media Studies (72.20 percent). Mean score measures the quality of performance. The mean score for the other subjects is above 50 percent.

Of the 3,476 Commerce students who sat the exam, 698 failed, the highest among the three streams.

Executive Specialist with BCSEA, Tshering Tenzing, said the decrease in the overall pass percentage could be because of the pattern of questions BCSEA developed. He said it was focused more on competency-based assessment.

“Unlike in the past where questions were based entirely on the textbooks, the focus was more on higher order questions,” he said. “The results are yet to be analysed but the performance could also be due to the change in cohort for the particular year.”

Of the 389 students from Taktse Central School (CS), Desi High School, Language and Cultural Training Institute and Sonam Kuenphen Higher Secondary School who sat the examinations, 68.38 percent passed the examinations.

Scoring 78.25 percent, Tshering Dorji from Desi High School topped LCSC, followed by Jigme Zangmo who scored 77.75 percent and Norbu Wangdi with 77 percent from Taktse CS. More than 60 percent of the students performed well in Dzongkha compared to other subjects.

Students can access their statement of marks from the BCSEA website: www.onlinebcsea.bt/ or by SMS. B-mobile users can SMS: R12 (space) index number and send to 3333. Tashi Cell users can text index numbers to 4040.

Students have until February 4 starting today to apply for paper recheck. Applications can be submitted on-line and payments made through G2C services or at BCSEA office. The results for recheck will be announced on February 14.

Candidates can collect their mark sheets and pass certificates from their respective schools by the second week of March.  

Meanwhile, the Department of Adult and Higher Education has announced a total of 175 scholarship slots for bachelors degree programmes in various professional and non-professional courses under different funding schemes.

Yangchen C Rinzin 

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