The number of candidates who passed the Secondary School Certificate and equivalent examinations this year increased as a percentage of the total, although the number of students who secured a highest grade point average of 5 fell in comparison to the previous year, according to results published on Wednesday.
There was a significant drop in GPA 5 score among madrassah students, beside a drop in their pass rate.
The number of institution from which not a single student passed increased, while number of institutions from which all the students passed fell, in comparison to 2015.
The pass percentage for SSC and equivalent examinations this year stood at 88.29 per cent, 1.25 percentage points higher than that of 2015.
This year, 109,761 students scored the highest grade point average of 5; 2,410 less than that of 2015.
The results also show that the number of institutions with 100 per cent pass rate fell to 4734, from 5,092 in the past year.
No students passed from 53 educational institutions this year. The figure was 47 in the previous year.
The head of education boards credited an improvement in Mathematics and English, uninterrupted examinations (there was no political turmoil in the country during and prior to the exams, unlike previous years) and a generally improved level of guidance from teachers and awareness of parents, for the improving pass rate.
Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid announced the results from a press conference at the ministry in the afternoon. Earlier in the morning, he handed over the results of all boards to the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina.
The prime minister said she saw no justification for students failing in the examinations as the government was providing a lot of opportunities in education.
‘We want our children to be raised with proper education, to be able to compete with the children of other countries, acquire knowledge about modern science and technology and take the country forward through innovative use of knowledge,’ Hasina said.
Starting on February 1, the written examinations ended on March 8 while the practical tests were held from March 9 to March 14.
This year, 14,52,605, out of the 16,45,201 examinees passed the SSC examinations under eight general education boards, Dakhil under Madrassah Education Board, SSC vocational under the Technical Education Board.
The pass rate in SSC exams stood 88.70 per cent, an increase of 1.98 percentage points from 2015. In SSC vocational, the pass rate stood at 83.11 per cent, an increase of 0.1 percent points and in Dhakil, the pass rate was 88.22 per cent, a drop of 1.98 per cent.
Girls did better than boys in passing the exams and while boys did better than girls in securing GPA 5.
The pass rate for girls was 88.39 per cent and 88.29 per cent for boys, while 57,727 boys and 52,034 girls secured GPA 5.
Over 11.53 lakh out of 13 lakh candidates passed the SSC exam, about 2. 17 lakh students out of 2.46 lakh passed the Dakhil exam and 81,000 out of 98,000 passed the SSC vocational exam.
This year 96,769 students scored GPA 5 in SSC exam – 3,138 more than 2015 –and 7,097 scored GPA 5 in SSC vocational exam, 165 more than the previous year.
The number of students with GPA 5 in Dakhil exam fell significantly to 5,895, a drop of 5,443, as 11,338 students scored GPA 5 in the past year.
Madrasha Education Board chairman AKM Saif Ullah said madrassah students performed poorly in Bangla and Social Science subjects, which affected their final results.
Among the eight general education boards, the highest pass rate of 95.70 per cent was at Rajshahi education board and the lowest 79.41 per cent at the Barisal education board.
The highest number of students with GPA 5 at 40,884 came from Dhaka board and the lowest, 2,266, from Sylhet board.
The chairmen of education boards said that students in general performed better in mathematics and higher mathematics, while arts students performed better, with a pass rate of 84 per cent from the 79 per cent in the past year.
Sylhet education board chairman AKM Golam Kibria said the results had also improved this year because students did not have face hartals and blockades during exams this year, unlike last year.