Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has said that the new system to evaluate answer scripts was behind the drop in the pass rate of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations 2017.
Some 14,31,722 students passed the examinations this year, which is 80.35% of the total examinees. Last year, a total of 14,52,605 students out of 16,45,201 passed the examinations at a 88.29% pass rate.
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“The pass rate dropped due to the new system adopted for answer script evaluation,” Nahid told reporters in Dhaka on Thursday.
“Teachers across the country were provided with a guideline for script evaluation. Besides, head examiners and Bangladesh education development Unit also checked the answer scripts,” the minister added.
He also claimed this year’s evaluation had been done properly.
Regarding Comilla Board, the education minister said: “The students could not obtain good marks in Mathematics and English, so the board saw a large drop.”