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Student assignments suspended amid coronavirus lockdown

The suspension order will remain in force until further notice

Update : 25 Jul 2021, 03:48 PM

Distribution of assignments to students of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) of 2022 and for current students of classes six to nine has been suspended due to virus curbs imposed amid a strict lockdown.

The Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education said on Sunday that all activities relating to the assignment will remain suspended until further notice.

The move came as the government imposed restrictions and enforced a nationwide lockdown to stem the spread of the coronavirus, read the official notifications.

Last month, Education Minister Dipu Moni announced a possible schedule for this year's SSC, HSC, and equivalent exams.

The SSC examinations will be held by November second week and Higher Secondary Examination by December first week on a shortened syllabus if the overall Covid situation in the country improves, the minister told a virtual media call on July 15.

Also Read - Government mulls holding SSC, HSC exams by end-2021 considering Covid situation

The tests will be held on three elective subjects of each group and with a reduced syllabus in line with health protocols, Dipu Moni said. 

“We expect to hold the SSC exams in the second week of November and HSC exams in the first week of December,” she added.

If the pandemic situation does not improve by then, the ministry would go for results of subject mapping of previous public exams or the scores of assignments or combining both, she said.

“Forms [for registration] of the exams will be available after Eid-ul-Azha,” she added.

The minister said that 24 assignments will be given to SSC candidates whereas HSC candidates will have to complete 30 assignments.

Schools and colleges in the country have been shut since March last year, when the pandemic broke out.

Also Read - No online exams for SSC, HSC candidates

The ministry had announced a schedule for reopening earlier this year when the number of coronavirus cases fell, but a second wave forced it to scrap the plan.

SSC exams were usually held in February and the HSC in April every year before the coronavirus pandemic.

Last year, the SSC tests were completed, but the HSC exams were postponed. The HSC results were published by averaging the grades in JSC and SSC.

As schools and colleges remained shut, the students were promoted automatically to the next classes without exams after classes were held online and based on the scores of assignments.

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