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SSC, Equivalent Exams: Better maths show ticks up pass rate

With the overall performance in English and mathematics slightly improved, the SSC results this year show an increase in both the pass rate and the number of Grade Point Average (GPA)-5 achievers in nine general education boards.

According to the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent results published yesterday, other indicators showed improvements as well.

The number of schools with 100 percent pass rate rose while the number of schools with zero pass rate came down.

Girls have outperformed boys both in terms of pass rate and achieving GPA-5.

Taking Dakhil exams under the madrasa board and SSC vocational tests under the technical board into account, the combined pass rate stood at 82.87 this year -- a slight increase from 82.20 percent last year.

Students under Dhaka, Chattogram and Sylhet education boards fared comparatively well in English and mathematics this year, pushing the overall pass rate higher than the previous year.

Education Minister Dipu Moni, while officially announcing the results at a press conference yesterday, said various initiatives taken by the government have brought about the positive changes in SSC results.

The initiatives include the distribution of free books, use of ICT in education and the training of the teachers.

Prof Pradip Chakraborty, chairman of Chattogram board, said teachers had become familiar to the new method of evaluating answer scripts after they were given training.

It is also a reason behind the increase in the pass rate for the last two years.

The government in 2017 introduced the new method (standardisation of answer scripts) of checking scripts of the SSC exams.

Earlier in the morning, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated successful students and urged students who failed to be more attentive.

She said educational institutions would not reopen in the current situation.

"Schools and colleges will reopen in phases," she said.

All educational institutions have remained closed since March 17 due to the pandemic.


Education officials said the good results have brought a sense of relief for the students who had been confined at home amid the coronavirus crisis.

This year results were not announced at schools due to the Covid-19 situation. Examinees, rather, received their results online and via SMS.

Unlike the previous years, schools across the country did not wear a festive look during the results yesterday. But students and their parents celebrated their results at home.

The SSC and equivalent exams began on February 3 this year. The theoretical part ended on February 27 while the practical part on March 6.

Dipu Moni thanked all those who were involved in publishing the results amid the coronavirus crisis.


Students of Dhaka board performed better than last year as 82.34 percent of the 4,22,275 candidates have successfully passed the exams. Last year, the figure was 79.62 percent.

Students of Sylhet and Chattogram also fared better than the previous year with pass rates of 78.79 percent and 84.75 percent respectively. Rajshahi topped the pass rate tally among all boards with a pass rate of 90.37 percent while Sylhet took up the last position. Results of Mymensingh education board came out for the first time and it saw a pass rate of 80.13 percent.


The number of GPA 5 achievers has risen to 1,23,497, up from 94,556 last year.

Like the previous years, Dhaka board has topped the GPA 5 tally with 36,047 students scoring the highest result, followed by Rajshahi board with 26,167 students.

Sylhet board saw the lowest number of GPA 5 with 4,263 obtaining the highest result.

Like previous years, in general boards, students of science group fared better than those of humanities and business studies.

This year 94.54 percent students of science group, 84.80 percent business studies, and 74.39 percent humanities have passed the exams.


Girls once again outshone the boys in terms of pass rate and GPA 5 achievement.

In terms of pass rate, girls did better than boys for the fourth year in a row. And in terms of getting GPA 5, girls did better than boys for the third consecutive years.

This year the pass rate of the girls was 1.55 percentage points higher than that of the boys across the nine boards. The pass rate for girls was 84.50 percent.

This year, a total of 64,312 girls have attained GPA 5 while 59,185 boys have obtained the highest result.

"Girls doing better in exams is proof that the government efforts in spreading education among women are working out," Dipu Moni said.

Prof Pradip Chakraborty said girls were more attentive in studies than boys. So they are doing well in the public exams.

Educationist and member of the Campaign for Popular Education Rasheda K Choudhury said the government's investment on girls' education is now paying off.


According to board officials, the pass rates in mathematics and English in nine education boards were above the average pass rates of these boards. The pass rate in Math was between 86-97 percent while the pass rate in English was between 91-98 percent.

In Dhaka board, this year 94 percent and 85 percent students passed English and maths respectively against 91 percent and 83 percent last year.

Kabir Ahmed, exam controller of Sylhet board, said that 85 percent students passed maths this year against 75 percent the previous year. He said that 97 percent students passed English this year against 95 percent last year.

Chattogram education board chairman Pradip said that about 94 percent student under his board passed English and maths this year against 84 or 85 percent last year in his board.

Dhaka board secretary Tapan Kumar Sarkar said the performance of students in English and maths always play a significant role in the overall pass rate of public exams.


The technical board saw rises in the success rate but the madrassa board witnessed a slight drop in the pass rate. The number of GPA 5 achievers increased in both streams.

Some 2.77 lakh took Dakhil examinations under the madrasa board and 82.51 percent of them have passed the exam. Last year, the pass rate was 83.03percent. A total of 7,516 students achieved GPA 5 this year as opposed to 6,287 last year.

Under the technical board, 1.32 lakh students took part in the SSC (vocational) and Dakhil (vocational) exams and 72.70 percent of them have passed the exams with 4,885 students scoring GPA 5.

A total of 20,40,028 students -- 10,21,490 boys and 10,18,538 girls -- from 28,796 institutions across the country sat for this year's SSC and its equivalent exams under the 11 boards. Of them, 16,90,529 have passed.

The pass rate was 100 percent in 3,023 institutions while 104 institutions saw zero pass rate.

At least 336 Bangladeshi students sat for the tests in nine foreign exam centres and 318 of them have passed.

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