Although a higher number of girls under Chittagong Education Board secured Grade Point Average (GPA)-5 than boys, their pass rate decreased in this year's Junior School Certificate examination.
The board saw 3,531 students achieve GPA-5, 1,340 more than last year. Of them, 1,908 are girls and 1,623 are boys.
A total of 1,04,578 students, out of 1,33,472 sitting for it, passed the exam from 1,086 educational institutions. Of those who passed, 48,260 are boys, taking the pass rates of boys and girls to 81.41 and 75.91 respectively.
The board's pass rate is 78.35, a 5.69 percent increase from last year.
On why the pass rate of girls fell, the board Controller Pijush Dutta told The Daily Star, â€œThe parents did not give proper attention towards the education of their daughters.â€
He, however, was optimistic about the increase in the number of girl examinees as parents were becoming more interested in sending their daughters to school due to the stipends being provided to girls.
Pijush hoped that the guardians would be more conscious about the education of their daughters as they also form a significant part of society. â€œIf guardians monitor their daughters properly, girls' pass rate would also increase.â€
Terming the overall result satisfactory, Pijush said, due to governments' special care and monitoring, students from both inside and outside metropolitan areas have done better.
PASS RATES IN AND OUTSIDE
The pass rate of students in metropolitan areas is 85.17 percent, a 3.69 percent increase from last year, while that outside is 75.77 percent, a 6.4 percent increase from last year.
TOP LISTED SCHOOLS
Khastagir Government Girls' High School topped the list of top-ranking schools under the board in terms of rate of regular examinees, pass rate, number of GPA-5 achievers, number of students and the institution's average GPA.
A total of 264 out of 333 successful students of the school achieved GPA-5 while the school has a 100 percent pass rate.
The school's headmaster, Hasmat Jahan, complemented the combined efforts of teachers, students and guardians for the â€œgreat successâ€.
â€œOur teachers monitored each student carefully. Students were attentive in classes and guardians also took care of their children. These brought the result that we have achieved today,â€ she added.
Collegiate School, Chittagong stood second in the list with 258 out of 343 successful students achieving GPA-5 and a 100 percent pass rate.
The third and fourth positions were taken by Fauzdarhat Cadet College and Government Muslim High School. The former has 47 GPA-5 achievers from 57 examinees, who all passed, while the latter has 141 GPA-5 achievers out of 247 examinees.
Silver Bells Girls' High School, Chittagong Public School and College, and Ispahani Public School and College secured the following three positions with 96, 95 and 64 GPA-5 achievers respectively.
COX'S BAZAR TOP DISTRICT
Among the districts under the board, Cox's Bazar took the lead with a pass rate of 80.80 percent, an increase of 5.7 percent when compared to last year.
Cox's Bazar Government Girls' High School secured 12th position and Cox's Bazar Government Boys' High School secured 16th position in the list of top schools with 82 and 61 GPA-5 achievers respectively.
Of the remaining three hill districts, the pass rate in Rangamati is 78.49 percent, Khagrachhari is 70.35 percent and Bandarban is 71.77 percent.
This year, none of the educational institutions under the board had a zero pass rate. The number of institutions with 100 percent pass rate was 58 while it was 52 last year.
The examination was held in 193 centres. A total of 3,040 students were absent, 25 were expelled and the results of 10 were withheld.