Authorities have decided to take this year’s O level and A level examinations at midnight on May 8 and May 9, due to dawn-to-dusk shutdown called by the BNP led 18-party alliance on the two days.
British Council officials said the AM session’s examinations would start at 7:30pm, while the PM session’s examinations would start at 11:45pm. The normal starting time for is 9am for the AM session and 1:30pm for the PM session.
The awkward exam schedule came as BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance called daylong strikes on May 8 and 9, protesting Sunday’s violence following Hefazat-e-Islam’s rally, terming the incident “genocide.”
A total of 13,000 students are taking part in the examinations, which started yesterday.
The examinations are being held globally; students and their guardians have earlier expressed concern that examinations might be cancelled if volatile political situation continues in the country.
Students, meanwhile, expressed their discontent over the situation, saying it would be difficult for them to sit for the examinations at midnight.
Many guardians have also criticised the current confrontational political situation of the country.
“The country is losing its potentialities for the confrontational political situation. We do not want this type of politics that will force our children to take examinations at midnight,” said Abu Kawser Khan, a guardian of an O level examinee.
Meanwhile, this year’s Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations were rescheduled several times due to regular shutdowns during the examination period.