The authorities were working to reduce the duration between papers in public examinations from next year to stop any malpractice.
‘We have received specific guidelines from prime minister Sheikh Hasina to hold public examinations within shorter time periods to bring a meaningful change in the education sector,’ Dhaka Education Board chairman Professor Muhammad Ziaul Haque told the agency on Sunday.
‘Actually, there is no need of too much gap between each paper during Secondary School Certificate and Higher School Certificate examinations as it does not ensure good results of our examinees,’ he added.
‘In the 1980s and 1990s,’ Ziaul said, ‘public examinations were conducted within a short time, which eventually helped avert any unfair practices….. We are working to hold public examinations within the shortest possible time.’
He said that the government was now focusing on improving the quality of education through introducing different modern and effective systems aiming to fulfil the target of Sustainable Development Goal-4 by 2030.
The initiative to shorten public examination period will bring dynamism in the entire education, Ziaul said adding it was urgent to curtail unnecessary exam gaps to reduce mental pressure of examinees.
Praising the directive of the prime minister for holding public examinations within a shorter time, Rasheda K Choudhury, executive director of Campaign for Popular Education said, ‘I fully agree with her to shorten public examination time schedule to stop unfair practices in the education sector.’
For a long time, educationists have been suggesting to shortened public examination time schedule, she said adding, ‘We recommended a shorter public examination time schedule in different times. But the government did not follow our advice.’
Rasheda said, ‘A section of dishonest persons take advantage of to the examination gap and resort to malpractices that affects the public examinations. Coaching business has rampantly expanded because of the lengthy time schedule of public examinations.
The directive to hold the public examination within shorter time periods will check question paper leakage, she said. ‘It will also help stop rumours which ultimately misguides the examinees. ‘
Rasheda urged the guardians not to be worried about the initiatives to shorten the exam period. She also called upon all including teachers and guardians to groom the students to cope with a shorter examination period.
A longer period of exam put added mental pressure on examinees, she said adding students would be stay relaxed if the examination period was shortened.
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