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More than 96% graduates class X exams

Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) announced that the overall class X pass percentage for this year is 96.23%, an increase by 0.48% over 2016 pass percentage.

BCSEA Secretary Tenzin Dorji said that though a vast disparity did not exist between this year’s results and last’s, the standard and quality of questions asked were not only designed to test the students’ memory but other factors like analytical skills.

A total of 12,106 candidates from 117 schools (111 government and six private schools) were registered and 11,973 of them appeared the examination.

The pass percentage for Dzongkha, History Civics and Geography, Economics and Environmental Science is more than 95% while 99.96% passed Computer Application followed by English with 99.93%.

The cut off point for admission in government schools was fixed at 60.2%, an aggregate of 301 marks in English and four best subjects.

According to the Deputy Chief of the School Planning and Coordination Division, Tshering Penjor, the cut off percentage was fixed considering the seats available in the 40 government higher secondary schools.

Namgyel Pelzang Dorji of Samtse Higher Secondary School has topped the Class X examinations with 93%. Following closely with 92.8%, Angie Yoedzer of Sherubling Central School, Khaling under Trashigang came second and with 92.2%, Basu Dev Upadhya from Samtse Higher Secondary School took the third position.

The candidates can collect their mark sheets and pass certificates from their respective schools by the first week of March and those wanting to recheck their answer sheets have to apply to BCSEA between January 18 and 24. A maximum of two subject papers will be allowed for rechecks and each paper will cost Nu 300. The recheck result will be announced on January 28.

The class XI admission interview is expected to take place in the designated centers on February 7.

Pema Seldon from Thimphu