This year, the pass rate is 47.14 in Rangamati, 51.70 in Khagrachhari and 61.64 in Bandarban.
The pass rate was 43.91 in Rangamati, 50.16 in Khagrachhari and 57.99 in Bandarban in 2015.
This time Chittagong education board recorded the pass percent at 64.60.
It is a common scenario of the country that most of the successful colleges and students hail from urban areas, while most of those that perform poorly are from rural areas.
Breaking away from trend, the students of the three hill districts did well in terms of pass rate.
Academician and educationists put it down to shortage of competent teachers, laboratories, libraries and other facilities for the poor performance in the three hill districts of the country.
They said it was really an uphill task to bridge the rural-urban gap since the education sector received only a meager budgetary allocation from the government in terms of the demand.
Mohammed Mahbub Hassan, controller of examinations of Chittagong Intermediate and Secondary Education Board told the Dhaka Tribune that it was a good sign that the students of the hill districts were performing better.
“We talked to the heads of the educational institutes in the three hill districts following the result of HSC examination in 2015. We instructed the colleges to ensure 100% percent attendance of the students in the class,” said Hassan.
“However, we do not feel complacent with the better result as it is far below than the average pass percentage in other parts of the country. We should keep up the trend and put in our best efforts to perform even better,” said Hassan.