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No annual exam for secondary school students, syllabus to be completed through assignments

  • Published at 12:36 pm October 21st, 2020
SSC exam 2019
File Photo: Students sitting for the Secondary School Certificate exam at the Motijheel Govt Boys High School in Dhaka Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

A syllabus has been provided by NCTB following which the students have to submit assignments for the next month

The government has decided not to hold any annual examinations for secondary school students this year, said Education Minister Dipu Moni.

She also said that secondary level students will be assessed through assignments to identify their weaknesses so that teacher can take extra care in the next academic year.

Besides, the Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations will not be held this year, she said.

She made the statements at a virtual press briefing on Wednesday. 

She said the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) has formulated a 30-day long concise syllabus which will be available at the NCTB website as well as the schools.

The students from grade 6-9 will have to submit four assignments each week following that syllabus, she added.

The education minister further said that the school authorities would deliver the assignments to the students and collect it from them.

The annual examination will not be held this year and the teachers or institutions cannot compel the students to sit for any exam other than collecting the assignments. 

Also, the result of the assignments will not have any effect on passing the academic year, the minister mentioned.

Talking about the evaluation process, the minister said: “The students will be evaluated based on their previous results as the teachers have an idea about their students.”

Decision about enrolling class 8 students in Science, Humanities and Commerce sections will be taken later, she added.

Those who have followed the online classes on TV will be able to revise their studies and those who could not follow the online classes can now complete the syllabus through these short syllabus based assignments in 30 days.

However, the students of the Technical Education Board will have to participate in the examination in accordance with the health safety rules. The ministry will give instructions in this regard later.

Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury MP, Technical and Madrasa Education Secretary Md Aminul Islam Khan, and Director General of Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE)  Professor Dr Syed Md Golam Faruk were present during the briefing among others.

Educational institutions closure

All educational institutions were closed on March 16 to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The closure was extended until Oct 31 as there has been no marked improvement in the situation.

Besides, there will be no Primary Education Completion (PEC) and its equivalent Ebtedayee examination for 2020 and the students will be promoted to the next class through class assessment instead.

Dipu Moni on September 30 said they are making plans considering various alternatives since experts have warned about the possible second wave of coronavirus during winter.

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