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HSC results: Girls leave boys behind, again

  • Published at 10:08 pm July 19th, 2018
Students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College celebrate after learning about their good results on Thursday, July 19, 2018 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Compared to 2017, this year has seen a drop in the number of successful HSC and equivalent candidates, and students with GPA 5

Like the past two years, girls have outshone the boys in this year's Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations in terms of pass rate.

In all 10 education boards – eight general, one madrasa, and one technical – the success rate among girls is 69.72%, 5.84% higher than the boys’ 63.88%.

Last year, the success rate for girls was 70.43%, while it was 68.61% for boys.

In 2016, the passing percentage of female students was 75.60%, while for males it was 73.93.

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid formally handed over the results of this year’s HSC exams to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday morning.

Later at a press briefing, Nahid said: “The girls doing better than the boys is a great success for the education sector. We always want the back-footed girls to do better.”

Compared to 2017, this year saw a drop in the number of successful HSC and equivalent candidates, and students with GPA 5, the highest grade point average.

The results show a 66.64% pass rate, which is 2.27% lower than last year.

Of them, 64.55% students passed the exams under the eight general education boards. Meanwhile, the pass rates of the madrasa and technical boards are 78.67% and 75.55% respectively.

A total of 1,288,757 HSC examinees – 680,848 boys and 607,909 girls –sat for the exams between April 2 and May 23 this year.

Of the, 858,801 students – 434,958 boys and 423,843 girls – who passed in the 10 education boards, only 29,262 of scored GPA 5.

Last year, the number of students with GPA 5 was 37,969.