Decision on HSC tests likely this week


The decision on holding the postponed Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations will likely be announced this week.

“We will announce the decision later this week. There is a possibility of declaring the decision on Thursday,” Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury told The Daily Star.

He said the education ministry was assessing the matter.

He made the comments after Education Minister Dipu Moni on September 30 said they would announce their specific plans regarding holding of the HSC exams on Monday or Tuesday.

HSC and its equivalent exams slated for April 1 were postponed on March 22 in fear of coronavirus transmission. More than 13 lakh students were expected to take part in the exams and are now passing their days in anxiety.

The government postponed the exams following the closure of all educational institutions since March 17. The government closed the schools to contain the spread of Covid-19, and the closure has been extended till October 30.

Officials of education ministry and Dhaka education board said they were working on how to hold the HSC exams, keeping different options in mind. They are also in touch with the advisory committee on Covid-19 and experts, they added.

On September 30, Dipu Moni said the government was working on different options regarding the HSC exams.

“We are working on a range of possibilities — how the exams can be held within the shortest possible time, on how many subjects, and on how many marks,” she said.

She added that preparing HSC result based on examinees’ JSC and SSC results is another option in their consideration. “Some people want evaluation without any exams [HSC] … the option remains open. We are keeping a range of options open.”

The education minister said the government will have an alternative mechanism for any students who will not be able to sit for exams due to coronavirus infection.

If there is any exam, candidates will be informed at least four weeks before, said officials.

The school closure for over six months has led to the cancellation of exams and left academic calendars in disarray.

Educational activities of about four crore students are being hampered due to the coronavirus crisis. This year’s Primary Education Completion and its equivalent exams and Junior School Certificate and its equivalent exams were cancelled due to the pandemic.

 





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