The overall pass percentage for BHSE decreased from 91.55 percent in 2019 to 90.63 percent in 2020
SonamPenjor and Lhakpa Tshering
The Ministry of Education announced the results of the Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate (BHSEC) and Language and Cultural Studies (LCSC) examination 2020 on 10 April.
Kelden Ghallay, a 17-year-old Science student from Damphu Central School in Tsirang topped the examination with 92.50 percent followed by KinleyKhamsumLhendrup from Drukgyel Central School in Paro with 91 percent.
Scoring 90.75 percent, two students – UgyenThukzom and ArpanTimsina – from Ugyen Academy Higher Secondary School in Punakha jointly secured the third positions.
Crediting his parents, teachers, friends, and family, KeldenGhallay said the entire conducive learning environment that was created in the school really helped him and his friends to study hard and achieve this.
He hopes to pursue a degree in astronomy or astrophysical science. “I hope that there will be some sort of astronomical establishment in our country as well and I hope to be a part of it,” he said.
“Though I don’t know actually how much I will be of help to the government, I will try my best to do my best at all times,” Kelden said. “I also want to help my parents as much as I can, no matter how high my marks are or who I grow up to be, I will never be able to fully pay back what they did for me.”
The second topper, Kinley Khamsum Lhendrup said he was overwhelmed after knowing this news. “Sometimes with the feeling that I don’t deserve this but I am able to say proudly that I have had the most supportive teachers at school, the most helpful and supportive parents, my friends for always trusting me, and all my relatives for being very supportive,” he added.
Securing 89.75 percent, Tshering Dekar from Rangjung Central School in Trashigang secured the first position in the commerce stream.
Four students followed her in the second position with 85.75 percent. They are KinleyPemaDendup and TashiChoden from Desi High School in Thimphu, KinleyChogyel from Mongar Higher Secondary School, and SonamDrakpa from Ugyen Academy. YesheyLhadon from Mongar HSS came in third place with 85.25 percent.
In the Arts stream, SonamTshomo of Motithang Higher Secondary School in Thimphu claimed the first spot with 88 percent followed by Tshering Chodron from Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School in Thimphu with 86.75 percent.
The third position saw two students with 85.50 percent. They are PriyaRai from Damphu Central School and KingaLhazom from Rangjung Central School.
Coming to the Language and Cultural Studies Certificate (LCSC) examination, all three toppers are from Taktse Central School in Trongsa.
In the first position, LodrayJamtsho secured 83.5 percent while TshewangRinzin and TendiZangmo scored 79.5 percent and 78.75 percent to claim the second and third positions, respectively.
While 13,701 candidates from 74 Higher Secondary School – 53 government and 21 private schools – registered for BHSEC, only 13,560 of them appeared in the examination. For the LCSC examination, 325 candidates appeared in the examination of 333 registered candidates from three schools – one government and two private schools.
Overall pass percentage declines
The overall pass percentage for BHSE saw a sharp decline from the previous year – from 91.55 percent in 2019 to 90.63 percent in 2020.
An official from the ministry of education said the enrolment of the first batch of students to class-XI without a cut-off point and more virtual teaching during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic situation could be the probable reason for the dip in the pass percentage. However, the ministry is going to conduct an analysis report to study this.
Students scored good marks in dzongkha, dzongkharigzung, geography, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, agriculture for food security, and media studies with the mean scores – measure the quality of performance – of above 60 percent.
However, the economics and computer subjects continue to be difficult for students with mean scores of 48.42 and 42.14 percent, respectively.
Individual candidates can access their statement of marks from the Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) online service at https://bcseadata.online, or G2C online services at http://www.citizenservices.gov.bt/bcsearesult/ and also through SMS using their index number.
School principals can also access the results of their respective schools through the online registration system.
The mark sheets and pass certificates can be collected from their respective schools by the second week of May 2021. The candidates are, however, advised not to approach the BCSEA office for the same.
Those appearing for the recheck of papers should apply, if they feel so, from 11 to 14 April with Nu 300 per paper through G2C services or visit the BCSEA office. The clerical recheck results will be announced on 24 April on the BCSEA website.
However, as the G2C online services accept applications for only two subjects, the candidate who wishes to re-check in more than two subjects needs to visit the BCSEA office.