The secondary schools are preparing for giving assignments to the students from Class 6 to Class IX following the government instructions to test their skills they have developed from online-based classes amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Ideal School and College principal Shahan Ara Begum and South Point School and College principal Hamida Ali said that they already passed instructions to the teachers to contact the parents immediately to come to the schools to take assignments for their children.
‘Hopefully we will be able to start distributing the first assignment on Wednesday,’ Shahan Ara told New Age on Monday.
Hamida Ali said that following the government instructions the school decided to change its decision to hold exams for the promotion of students to the next classes.
‘Now we have decided to give assignments,’ she said.
Government Laboratory High School head teacher Md Abu Sayeed Bhuiyan said that the assignments would make the students sincere and attentive to their studies.
‘We have contacted all the students to take assignments soon,’ Abu Sayeed said.
The Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education on October 31 issued detailed instructions to the schools for giving 18 assignments between November 1 and December 15 to assess the skills that the students have acquired at home by taking lessons from various platforms like online classes and Sangsad TV broadcasts.
According to the instructions, the parents will also submit the completed assignments to the schools after their children write down the answers on white sheets in their own language.
Copying from any textbooks or guides to complete the assignments would not be accepted, said the instructions, adding that the teachers would not give any marks but would pass remarks like ‘excellent’, ‘very good’, ‘good’ and ‘requires improvement’.
The assignments will have to be given based on the short syllabuses that the directorate will provide for each of the tasks, said the instructions, adding that no additional exams would be allowed to take.
The schools will preserve all the completed assignments for verification by district or thana education officials.
DHSE director general Syed Golam Faruk said that the short syllabuses were developed in such a way that they would enable the students to prepare for acquiring the next-step knowledge after the promotion to the next classes.
‘We want that all the students go through the process so that they don’t face any problem studying in the next classes,’ he said.
At the same time, he said, the assignment outcomes would give the government ideas for taking measures to develop skills of the students in the next classes.
The move came after education minister Dipu Moni on October 20 said that there would be no annual exams for the secondary students but assignments would be given to assess what they learnt from the classes broadcasted on the Sangsad TV channel and from online classes.
The Class-X and Class-XII students would be required to take tests for appearing at the Secondary School Certificate and Higher Secondary Certificate examinations, Dipu Moni said.
Directorate of Primary Education director Md Mizanur Rahman said that the primary schools were already instructed to test the skills of their students in their own methods.
‘Government primary students could not have online classes like the secondary students did. So, we have decided to take some test,’ Mizan said.
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