Brilliant students, who scored the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) 5.0 in the SSC examination this year, are themselves failing to get admission in renowned educational institutions of the country due to shortage of seats and age discrimination, according to sources.
As many as 24,384 examinees scored GPA-5, the highest number of GPA scores in the SSC examinations under seven education boards while 5,764 student achieved 'golden GPA' this year. There are 8.753 more GPA-5 achievers this year than the last year.
'Golden GPA', a term that many teachers, guardians and students use to indicate those who got grade point 5 in all subjects including the fourth subject, however, is not recognised by the education boards.
The country's 2,425 government and non-government colleges have about 4.5 lakh seats for the 1st year higher secondary students while 4,64,732 students passed the SSC examinations from seven education boards this year.
Only 20,000 candidates can take admission in around 60 renowned colleges across the country, sources said.
Of 135 colleges in the Dhaka metropolitan area, around 10 colleges with some 10,000 seats in total have traditionally attracted the top scorers in the SSC and equivalent examinations.
For the HSC 1st year, there are about 2,139 seats for science, commerce and humanities groups in Notre Dame College, 1,100 in Dhaka College, 1,083 in Dhaka City College, 1,050 in Ideal College, 990 in Viqarunnisa Noon College, 902 in Dhaka Commerce College, 750 in Lalmatia Women's College, 606 in BAF Shahin College, 488 in Holy Cross College and 444 in Rajuk Model College in the capital.
Principal of Notre Dame College Father Benjamin De Costa said, "Brilliant students usually try to get themselves admitted into only 10 to 12 renowned colleges in the capital but the seats in those colleges are not sufficient for them".
On the other hand, "date of birth" is considered by the renowned colleges in giving admission to the brilliant students who achieved the highest GPA-5.
According to the decision of education ministry, students who are senior to their competitors by age but their results are level can get themselves admitted in the renowned colleges.
To follow the new rule of the education ministry 836 students who achieved 'golden GPA' were not able to get themselves admitted in the Notre Dame College, according to the NDC sources.