Among the 1.2 million students who appeared in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations exams this year, a total 58,276 scored GPA 5.
The eight general education boards had an average pass rate of 72.47%, while madrasa board had the highest 88.19% pass rate and technical board had 84.57%.
Out of the eight general education boards, Jessore students performed the best with an 83.42% success rate, while Comilla had the lowest of 64.49%.
Of the GPA 5 scorers, 48,950 students appeared in the HSC exam, 2,414 students were from madrasa board and 6,587 students from technical board.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, along with the heads of all 10 education boards, handed over the results to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban yesterday, and then formally announced the results at a press briefing in the secretariat.
The prime minister used video conferencing to congratulate students of two institutes in Cox's Bazar and Sunamganj.
The results were available in educational institutions from 2pm onwards, and published on the education board website as well as via SMS service.
Girls performed better with a pass rate of 75.6% than the 73.93% success rate for boys. But 32,381 male students scored GPA 5, while 25,895 female students scored the highest grade point.
Briefing reporters, Education Minister Nahid said: “The girls performed better than the boys, which is a key point of improved results this year.
“The students of science discipline did better than the previous year, which was another key to this success,” minister added.
Under the science discipline, 83.04% students passed with 41,468 scoring GPA 5.
Another noteworthy point in this year’s HSC result was the performance by students from the Jessore board.
This year, they smashed their own previous records to achieve the board’s highest ever individual pass rate of 83.42%. Last year, they had the worst HSC results with only 46.45% passing.
Abdul Mazid, chairman of Jessore board, told the Dhaka Tribune that the improved performance has helped changed the combined result.
Asked how such a turnaround was possible, Mazid said around 35,000 students who had failed a single subject last year appeared again this year and passed that subject.
Meanwhile, the Dhaka board yesterday became the first to start publishing subject-centric tabulation grade sheets on its website.
“On the Dhaka board website, candidates can see their marks on creative writing, multiple choice question (MCQ) and practical. The tabulation sheet can be downloaded. The marks are revealed in the individual and institution criteria,” said Md Mahbubur Rahman, chairman of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dhaka.
Other education boards are now also processing the launch of the new system.
The HSC and equivalent exams began on April 3 and ended on June 9, while the practical exams were held from June 11 to June 20.
Some 1,203,640 students from 8,345 educational institutions took part in this year’s examinations. Of whom, 899,150 were successful.
Apart from 2,621 centres in Bangladesh, the exams were also held in seven overseas centres where 262 students took part.