Another record-breaking year for SSC examinees

SSC Exams Results:
Another record-breaking year SSC examinees of Motijheel Ideal School and College are jubilant yesterday after they took their school to the number one spot in this year's SSC results. The results of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations 2008 published yesterday broke all previous records with a 70.41 percent pass rate and 41,917 students achieving GPA-5. The number of schools with hundred percent pass records has also increased to 2,272 from last year's 778, while the number of schools with zero pass came down to 91 from 248. Educationists and teachers of renowned schools believe this success in the country's largest public examination is the outcome of students' efforts and guardians' awareness.
The results were published under the grading system introduced in 2001 and showed a tremendous boost with pass rate of 70.41, a leap of 13.82 point from last year's rate.
Similarly, the results also showed a leap in achieving the highest grade point average (GPA-5) as it shot up to 41,917 from 25,732 last year.
The same improvement has also been seen in the combined average result of seven education boards, Dakhil examination under Madrasa Education Board and SSC vocational examination under Technical Education Board.The combined pass rate is 72.18 against last year's 58.36 percent and 52,500 students secured GPA-5 compared to 32,646 last year.About 10.07 lakh students appeared in this year's SSC and equivalent examinations and about 7.27 lakh of them have passed. Pass percentage for boys and girls is 73.69 and 70.45 respectively.Education Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman officially announced the results at a press conference at the education ministry.
"The increase in pass rates continues gradually since 2001 which proves that education standard is improving. The pass percentage was 57.37 last year, 62.22 in 2006, 54.1 in 2005, 50.27 in 2004, 36.81 in 2003, 42.18 in 2002 and 39.03 in 2001," he told the press conference.
The education adviser thanked all officials and employees of nine education boards for publishing the results in 60 days as per the promise of the ministry. The examinations began on March 27 and ended on April 27.
Dhaka Board has secured top position among the seven education boards with pass rate of 77.81, while Sylhet Board got the lowest 53.88 percent.
In Dhaka Board, about 1.7 lakh passed the exam with 18,936 students securing GPA-5, also highest among the boards.
About 1.34 lakh students or 64.89 percent passed the exam in Rajshahi Board with 8,656 achieving GPA-5. Under Comilla Board, 56,042 students came out successful with pass percentage of 73.00 and 3,679 GPA-5.
In Jessore Board, 75,209 students or 71.43 percent were successful with 4,079 GPA-5 achievers. Chittagong Board has seen 39,944 examinees passed with success rate of 72.62 percent and 4,316 GPA-5.
In Barisal Board, 33,458 students became successful with pass
percentage 68.77, while number of GPA-5 achievers is 1,659. Under Sylhet Board 17,100 students came out successful with the pass
percentage of 53.88 and 592 GPA-5.
The madrasa board produced tremendous good results among the nine boards with a pass rate of 82.06 percent. About 1.48 lakh students came
out successful and of them, 5.83 percent or 10,526 students obtained GPA-5.
The vocational board scored a pass rate of 62.88 percent. Some 51,801 students passed the exam, while 57 students or 0.7 percent got GPA-5.
Science students have marked a significant progress with 84.32 percent pass rate, while the rate in humanities group is 59.85 percent and 75.82 percent in business studies and commerce group.
Like the previous years, schools in urban areas, especially in metropolitan cities, dominated the GPA-5 category and hundred percent pass record.
Among the top ten GPA-5 securing schools, ten are in the capital, eight in Rangpur, Bogra, and Pabna under Rajshahi Board, six in Comilla, Feni and Noakhali under Comilla, nine in Khulna, Kushtia, Jessore and Satkhira under Jessore, six in Chittagong Sadar and Double Mooring under Chittagong, ten in Barisal, Patuakhali, Bhola, Jhalakathi and
Pirojpur under Barisal, and nine in Sylhet, Habiganj, Sunamganj and Sreemangal under Sylhet Board.
Ideal School and College produced highest 767 GPA-5 achievers followed by Viqarunnisa Noon School with 678 and Monipur High School with 652.