Class X pass percentage declines in over a decade

Sonam Dema from Mothithang HSS stood first by scoring 94.80% in BCSE Class X Examinations 2021



The Bhutan Certificate of Secondary School (BCSE), 2021 examination saw a drop in the overall pass percentage for the first time in a decade with only 70.12 declared passed compared to 96.57 percent, 93.63 percent and 96.27 percent in the previous years.

Of the 12,688 candidates from 130 government and seven private schools registered for the examination, 12,546 appeared the examination of which 4,062 male passed the exam while 4,735 female passed qualified. A total of 3,749 failed to make through the exam.

An official from the Ministry of Education (MoE) said the reason of the low pass percentage could be because of the instance lockdowns and the new system in assessment curriculum.

“The pandemic could be one reason for the underperformance whereas increase of competitiveness and the new assessment curriculum could be another reason,” the official said.

The official further added that this year the passing criteria has also changed where a student has to mandatorily score a pass mark each in class assessment (CA), and in theory, with a score of 40 percent and more.    

For instance, a student has to score 8, 12, 16 and 20 or more in CA and in theory or in written examination, a student has to score 32, 28, 24 and 20 or more, or else a student is considered as disqualified. In addition, candidates must pass in CA and theory to get through the subjects.

Sonam Pema from Motithang Higher Secondary School (HSS), Thimphu topped the exams with 94.80 percent followed by Kinley Deki Yangzom from Ugyen Academy, Punakha with 93.20 percent while Anisha Gurung from Peljorling HSS, Samtse got the final berth with 92.80 percent.

Jigme Choden, Principal of Motithang HSS said, “We have a very good set of teachers who are very hard working. I on behalf of school management would give my hearty congratulation for topping BCSE.”

According to the Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA), 95.84 percent of the students passed in English followed by Dzongkha and Economics with 90.27 percent and 85.39 percent.

However, only 48.17 percent of the students passed in Mathematics which is the lowest pass percent among other subjects.

Meanwhile, in the Language and Cultural Studies Certificate (LCSC), 2021 class X examination conducted by BCSEA, a total of 12 students registered for the examination, and out of that, 11 of them appeared the examination comprising of four male and seven female.

The pass percentage for LCSC, 2021 was 100 percent in all the subjects with Nim Dem from Taktse Central School (CS), Trongsa topped with 78.80 percent followed by Seldon and Tshering Lhamo with 74.40 percent and 73.20 percent each from the same school.

Director General (DG) of Department of School Education, Karma Galay said that despite a significant decrease of pass percentage, the ones who couldn’t make through should not lose their hopes.

“We will facilitate and encourage those students to go back to school to study even harder and not to lose hope where even the parents should be encouraged to send back their kids to the school,” he said.

Meanwhile, the pass percentage for BCSE has increased to 40 percent from 35 percent last year.