29 January, 2011 – Three students of Motithang higher secondary school topped the class XII Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate (BHSEC) examinations held last December.
The first and second are both Arts students breaking the dominance of the examinations by Science students. The last time an Arts student topped the examinations was in 2005.
Tshering Dolkar came first with 87.50 percent, followed by Kesang Yuden with 87.25 percent, and science student Tandin Dorji with 86.50 percent.
The results were officially declared yesterday. Details of the results will be available on the education and druknet’s website from today afternoon.
Of the 7,510 students who sat for the exams 6,428 or 85.6 percent have passed the examinations, a decrease by 1.75 percent from 2009’s, said Bhutan Board of Examinations (BBE) officials.
|Seats in Colleges:
College of Science and Technology (CST), Rinchhending … 165National Institute of Traditional Medicine (NITM), Thimphu… 6
Gaeddu College of Business Studies, Gedu … 250
College of Natural Resources (CNR), Lobesa… 77
Royal Institute of Health Sciences (RIHS), Thimphu… 50
Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic (JNP), Dewathang… 165
Samtse College of Education (SCE), Samtse … 170
Royal Institute of Management (RIM), Semtokha… 85
Sherubtse College, Kanglung… 376
Institute of Language and Culture Studies (ILCS), Taktse… 90
Paro College of Education (PCE), Paro … 240
With many students scoring above 60 percent, BBE’s secretary of examinations, Dr Phub Rinchhen said the overall performance is good. Results, he said, is one of the factors to assess quality because it gives information on how both students and teachers are performing. “If students are taught well and if they prepare well, they definitely do well,” Dr Phub Rinchhen said.
More than 90 percent of students performed well in Geography, Dzongkha, English, Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Dzongkha Rigzhung.
But, performance in economics worsened from last year’s. From a pass percentage of 64.7 percent last year, it dropped to 30 percent. Out of the 1,434 students who appeared the paper, only 430 students got through.
“In the mean marks, which indicates quality, economics is the poorest with students scoring an average of 29.8,” Dr Phub Rinchhen said.
Students giving less importance to elective subjects like economics and computer could be one of the reasons, said BBE officials.
“It’s either because students aren’t interested or teachers have not been able to teach well or that the question paper was very difficult,” the examination secretary said. “But our analysis shows that the questions were standard and meant for all levels of students. It could be because it is the sixth additional elective subject and students were not serious.”
Despite many students scoring more than 60 percent and an increase of 183 seats from last year, only 1,674 students or 22 percent would be getting admissions in the 11 colleges of the royal university of Bhutan (See box).
A total of 198 professional and technical scholarships are available both inside and abroad.
There are 15 slots each for MBBS, architecture and urban planning and 10 each for civil, electrical and mechanical engineering under graduate courses and six for law.
Royal Thimphu College the country’s only private college is offering 30 in-country scholarships while 15 seats for MBBS and bachelors in dental sciences (BDS) are available for partial scholarships.
Of the total 7,510 candidates who registered for the exams, 7,360 appeared for the exams of which 1,060 students failed.
Commerce stream had the highest number of students, 2,816 sitting the examinations. Bikash Rai from Kuendrup higher secondary school, a private school opened last year in Sarpang topped the commerce stream with 85.75 percent.
There were 471 students of the continuing education programme, 69 teachers, 731 supplementary and 357 private candidates who appeared the exams.
Based on the number of students passing the exams, Shari higher secondary school ranks first, followed by Ugyen Academy, Punakha, Yangchenphug and Motithang high schools.
Private schools, Pekhil, Prince Namgyal Wangchuck, Reldri and Sherub Reldri high schools had the least number of pass percentage. Students from 27 government and 13 private high schools appeared the exams. Clerical recheck of the results will start from February 1 to 25.
A total of 207 students registered for the exams from the institute of language and culture studies (ILCS) of which 183 passed. Of the 50 candidates from the Dzongkha language institute, 38 passed the exams. Source: Kuenselonline