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Pass rate, number of GPA 5 achievers drop in HSC, equivalent exams

  • Published at 11:17 am July 19th, 2018
File photo: Students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College celebrate passing their HSC exams Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The HSC and equivalent examinations results, published on Thursday, showed a pass percentage of 66.64%, which is 2.27% lower than last year’s

The number of people passing the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam of 2018 has gone down and so has the number of GPA 5 holders.

The HSC and equivalent examination results published on Thursday, showed a pass percentage of 66.64%, which is 2.27% lower than last year.

Fewer students secured a GPA 5, the highest grade point average, this year.

Science students did better than Humanities and Business students, and girls are ahead of boys in this year’s results.

Total pass rate of this year’s HSC and equivalent examinations stands at 66.64%, which was 68.91% the previous year.

The Madrasa Education Board has however seen a rise in their success rate from 77.02% to 78.67%. 

The Technical Education Board and Vocational Board student pass rate is 5.83% lower than last year. This board secured a pass rate of 75.50% this year.

Of the total 12, 88,757 candidates, 8, 58,801 examinees successfully passed in all 10 education boards. This year, 29,262 students have scored GPA 5. In 2017, there were 37,969 students who got a GPA 5..

Out of 10, 72,028 candidates, 6, 91,958 students successfully passed their HSC exams from the eight regional education boards.

A total of 64.55% students passed the exam, though the success rate is down by 2.29% from last year..   

Also, out of 97,793 students who participated in the Alim examination, 76,932 of them passed.

Out of 1, 18,000 candidates, 89,089 have passed in technical and vocational examinations.  

Students display the victory sign after passing their HSC exams Mehedi Hasan/Dhaak Tribune

Of the successful candidates, 25,562 achieved GPA 5 from the eight regional education boards, 1,244 from the Madrasa Education Board, and 2,456 from the Technical Education Board.

There are 400 educational institutions from all over the country which have a one hundred percent pass rate. In 2017 there were 532 institutions with a 100% success rate. 

55 institutions have a zero percent pass rate this year. Last year there were 72 such institutions.  

Students get into a friendly huddle rejoicing over their HSC results Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Earlier on Thursday morning, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and the chairmen of the education boards, handed over the results to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official Ganabhaban residence, which the prime minister unveiled digitally.

The prime minister exchanged her views with students of Netrakona by video conferencing on the occasion.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her satisfaction with the new method used to prevent question leaks in this year’s HSC exams. 

“There was a criticism of question paper leaks, but it is to be appreciated that has already been prevented,” she said.

When highlighting this year’s exam method to avoid question paper leaks, the prime minister said: “With multiple sets of question papers, examinees were told only 25 minutes before the exam which question paper set to answer.”

“The method prevented students from adopting dishonest means,” the prime minister said.

The triumphant euphoria of successful students continues Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The country's education sector has been harassed by question leaks which often surfaced on social media networks. But this year the examinations were held without any allegation of leaks. 

Addressing the event, Education Minister Nahid said: “This year, the results of the HSC and equivalent exams were published within 55 days of the end of examinations and the examinations were held without any complaints and irregularities.”

"Now we are prioritizing raising the standards of education—though the pass rates have decreased, the quality of education is rising," he said. 

A total of 128, 8757 students participated in the HSC and its equivalent examinations, which were held from April 2 to May 23 of 2018.

Later in the day, at an Education Ministry press conference, Nahid said: “We are not unhappy about the lower pass rates because we took some measures to assure a quality education.”

“Examiners can now mark student answer papers following the guidelines of a model answer paper. So the grading or marking process is being standardized to measure the true merit of the students,” he added. 

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