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Some subjects may be dropped from secondary exams

  • Published at 03:22 pm November 28th, 2016
  • Last updated at 05:31 pm November 28th, 2016
Some subjects may be dropped from secondary exams
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said the specialists had urged the authorities not to hold secondary level exams on subjects such as physical science studies, health and sports studies, arts and craft, and career studies. "The specialists have proposed scrapping the exams to reduce the workload faced by students during secondary-level public examinations," the minister said at a press conference on Monday at the ministry. “We will discuss further on this issue before taking the final decision.” The ministry is considering 15 recommendations for standard education that emerged from a two-day workshop organised by the ministry at Cox's Bazar last Saturday and Sunday, which the minister also attended. Chief among them are introducing identical question papers for public exams at all boards within three years, and using standardised scores instead of raw scores for public examination results. "We think that common question papers for all boards can be implemented by 2019, and a team will work over the results of 2017 SSC exams to make view of standard score system," Nahid said. "To improve the formulation of question papers, we will build an item bank,” he added. The workshop also suggested developing the standards of education through easy-to-read textbooks. "They have suggested that once a textbook has been finalised by the designated committee, it should be edited by a prominent writer or an education specialist to smooth out the text for reading," Nahid said. Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed, former advisor to the caretaker government Rasheda K Chawdhury, Prof Muhammad Zafar Iqbal and Prof Akteruzzaman, were also present at the briefing.