The results of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations-2010 broke all previous records with a pass rate of 78.19 percent and a sharp leap in the number of GPA-5 scorers.
As many as 62,134 students of eight education boards received the highest score of GPA-5 (grade point average) this year. Last year the pass rate was 67.41 with 45,934 students getting the highest grade point.
The number of schools with cent percent pass has also increased to 2,927 from last year's 2,726, while the number of schools with zero pass came down to 49 from 72.
The results of the SSC exams under eight education boards, the Technical Education Board and Madrasa Education Board were published yesterday. The education ministry published the results within two months of the exams for the second consecutive year.
One of the main reasons behind this record success was obtaining good marks both in English and Mathematics.
Under Dhaka Board, the average pass percentage in English first paper and second paper is 87.08. Last year it was 74.39 percent. The pass rate in Mathematics leapt to 88.03 percent this year from last year's 86.91.
The average pass percentage of SSC, SSC (Vocational) and Dakhil examinations, held under 10 education boards, showed a tremendous boost with pass rate of 79.98 percent, a leap of 9.09 percent from last year's 70.89 percent.
The pass percentage was 72.18 in 2007, 58.36 in 2007, 62.22 in 2006 and 54.10 in 2005. Similarly, the results also show a significant rise in GPA-5 scorers as it shot up to 82,961 from 62,307 last year. Of the total distinction achievers, 50,624 are male and 32,337 are female.
This grading system was introduced in 2001 when only 76 examinees secured GPA-5.
A declining trend of expelled students has also been marked this year as the number of expelled students reduced to 482 from last year's 541. It was 707 in 2008 and 985 in 2007, according to statistics.
As many as 1200,975 students -- 625,553 boys and 575,422 girls -- appeared in this year's SSC and equivalent examinations and 960,492 of them passed. Pass percentage for boys and girls is 81.84 and 77.95 respectively. Some 240,483 examinees failed.
For the first time, the examinees took their two exam papers under a new question method -- creative questions.
Under Dhaka Board Rajuk Uttara Model School and College in the capital secured the first position on the list of top 20 institutions this year as per the ministry's newly introduced selection system on the basis of four academic standards.
Considering discrimination in nominating cent percent pass institution, the ministry this year set the new criteria.
Dhaka Residential Model College, and Ideal School and College ranked second and third position respectively, while Viqarunnisa Noon School became the fourth.
Eleven out of the 12 cadet colleges in the country secured 100 percent pass while 566 of the total 570 students of the colleges have scored GPA-5 this year.
Four students from Mirzapur Cadet College secured GPA-4, says an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid handed over the results to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally around 10:00am yesterday.
Announcing the official results at a press conference at the education ministry yesterday noon, he said, "This success in the country's one of the largest public examinations is the outcome of the efforts of all.
"Since most students fail in English and mathematics, we put our best efforts in these subjects by arranging extra classes in the schools," he said.
The results were also made available on the education board website and in all schools and exam centres. The results could also be received via text on cellphones.
Besides, the ministry for the first time sent the results through emails to 15,000 schools in and outside the capital, Nahid said, adding, the premier sent the results to schools through email.
TEN EDUCATION BOARDS
Like the past few years, students of Madrasa Board did exceptionally well compared to those of the other nine education boards with a pass rate of 86.7. About 182,431 students came out successful and of them 20,755 obtained GPA-5.
Students of Rajshahi Board did better than those of the seven other general education boards. It had 85.61 percent of their examinees passed, while Dinajpur Board had the lowest 71.70 percent pass record.
In Rajshahi Board 114,629 students came out successful and 10,568 of them obtained GPA-5.
In Dhaka Board, 77.99 percent or about 211,761 students passed the exams with 21,142 securing GPA-5.
About 82,694 students or 81.03 percent passed the exam in Comilla Board with 5,863 achieving the highest scores.
In Jessore Board, 97,403 students, or 79.18 percent, came out successful and 7,399 got GPA-5.
As many as 49,451 students in Chittagong Board or 72.31 percent passed and 5,800 achieved GPA-5.
In Barisal Board, 41,309 examinees passed with a success rate of 74.64 percent and 2,751 of them scored GPA-5.
In Sylhet Board, 32,336 students were successful with a pass percentage of 78.42, while 1,977 are GPA-5 achievers.
The pass rate in Dinajpur Education Board is 71.7 percent. Some 83,977 students passed while the number of GPA-5 securers is 6,634.
Students of the SSC (vocational) also did well this year with 82.72 percent pass. Some 64,501 students came out successful, while 72 of them got GPA-5.
Science group topped among the three groups under the eight general boards as the pass rate of this group has upped to 89.69 percent compared to last year's figure. In humanities group 70.42 percent students passed and 80.44 percent passed in the business studies and commerce group.
The education minister said they have overcome the concern created over the newly introduced questioning system as the results showed a grand success.
"We have introduced the method courageously as we wanted to stop students from being dependent on memorisation and none of the students raised any question about it," he said.
Nahid said they will introduce two more subjects in each group from next year.
Asked about measures to check pressure of students aspiring to enrol in reputed colleges, especially in city institutions, he said it is true there was a pressure in the reputed colleges, but everybody necessarily doesn't come to these institutions.
"A lot of seats remain vacant in many colleges," he said, adding, "We will discuss the issue with the heads of the colleges soon and amend the admission policy, if needed."
On schools that have zero pass rate, he said they will make a probe into their failure to find out the reasons.