The government on Thursday decided to reduce the number of subjects and total marks in Junior School Certificate and Junior Dakhil Certificate examinations, in the middle of the academic year.
The National Curriculum Coordination Committee in a meeting at education ministry decided that from this year the total marks of the JSC examinations would be 650, a reduction from last year’s 850 marks. It also decided that the total marks of the JDC examinations would be 950, a reduction from last year’s 1150 marks.
The NCCC also decided to drop optional subjects from the exams and the evaluation of optional subjects would be done by teachers at their school following continuous assessments.
‘We took the decisions of reducing subjects and marks to ease pressure on students,’ said secondary and higher education division secretary Sohorab Hossain, also president of the NCCC.
From this year, 50 marks for English, 50 for Bangla and 100 marks for optional subjects would be reduced in the JSC and JDC exams. No board exams would be held for JSC optional subjects, home economics and agriculture, as well as JDC optional subjects, Urdu and Persian.
Many guardians raised their concerns about the changes in marks and subjects.
Sohorab, however, said that there would be no effect on the students as the marks and subjects were dropped. ‘There is no problem if a student reads more,’ he said.
He also added that the government would cut short the syllabus of Bangla and English subjects proportionately in line with the reduction of marks.
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