CHATTOGRAM: Anxiety over admission to the city’s government colleges has gripped the top grade achievers from Science Group in SSC examination as only one-third of the total top scorers from the group would be able to get admitted.
Sources said a total of 12,791 students secured GPA-5 in the SSC exam held under the Chattogram Education Board last academic year. Of them, 11,291 students are from Science Group.
The government colleges are Chittagong Government College, Govt. Hazi Muhammad Mohsin College, Govt. City College, Chittagong Govt. Women’s College, Bakalia Govt. College, Govt. Commerce College, Collegiate School, and Chittagong Model School and College.
Mentionable, a total of 144,550 students, out of 161,078, came out successful with a pass rate of 91.12 percent against 84.75 percent of the previous occasion under the board.
The number of GPA-5 achievers stood at 12,791 against 9,008 of the previous year. The board witnessed an increase by 6.37 percent in pass rate and 3,783 top scorers compared to the previous year. Of the GPA-5 achievers, 7,409 are female students and 5,382 male students.
The pass rate in Science Group is 96.82 percent with 11,291 GPA-5 scorers while Business Group 92.00 percent with 1,344 highest grades and Humanities Group 97.47 percent with 156 GPA-5 achievers.
Those who will fail to avail seat at the government colleges will have to get admitted to private colleges, including the MPO-listed and city corporation ones.
There are a total of 160,000 seats at the colleges and the number of seats is higher than the successful students. So, the shortage of seats at colleges situated in the city area would not be a problem, he observed. But, there is a shortage of seats for science students in city area as the total number of seats for them at 85 colleges is 16,300, he said.
Moreover, some students from vocational and madrasha boards will also get admitted to these colleges, said the inspector. He also informed that they are trying to increase some 200 seats at Bakolia, Chittagong, Mohsin, City and Women’s College for Science Group students to ease the crisis to some extent.
The admission process is set to start from tomorrow (Saturday) and application deadline will expire on January 15.
Students can apply to minimum five colleges and maximum 10 colleges at a charge of Tk 150. The students can also change the chronology of selected colleges without any charges until January 24, said sources concerned.