All coaching centres across the country will remain closed for over a month starting from April 1, as the Higher Secondary School Certificate and equivalent examinations is slated to begin on that day.
‘We took the decision to close all coaching centres between April 1 and May 6 to hold the examinations in a fair environment,’ said education minister Dipu Moni on Monday at a press briefing, after a meeting of a national monitoring and law and order affairs committee, held in the ministry conference room in the secretariat on the upcoming HSC and equivalent exams.
This year, the HSC and equivalent exams are scheduled to begin on April 1 while the theoretical parts of the examinations will end on May 11. The practical tests will be held between May 12 and May 21.
This year, A total 13,51,505 examinees — 6,87,009 female and 6,64,496 male — will participate under eight general, one madrassah, one technical education and one Diploma in Business Studies boards from 9,081 institutions at 2,579 examination centres across the country.
Out of 13,39,752 regular students who had registered for the examinations when they were promoted to class XI in 2017, around 3,38,035 have either been failed to obtain pass marks in the test examinations or dropped out, according to an official statistics.
The percentage of students who failed to sit for examinations is highest under eight general boards, which stands at 76.49 per cent, followed by around 67 per cent both in Madrasah and technical boards.
The minister said that the number of regular students participating in the final examinations fall as many might have been failed to pass the test examinations.
Replying to a question, she said this time they had taken an initiative to keep different digits for the questions for regular and irregular students and make seat arrangement for the groups in separate rooms.
During this year’s SSC and equivalent examinations, in some subjects, question papers meant for the examinees of 2018 were distributed among those of 2019, at many centres of some of the districts, including Dhaka.
This year, the numbers of HSC examinees are 11,38,747, Alim examinees are 88,451, HSC (BM/vocational) examinees are 1,24,264 and DIBS examinees are 43.
There are eight centres in abroad where a total of 275 students will sit for examinations this year.
Compared to 2018, the number of examinees increased by 40,048, institutions by 118, examination centres by 38 and science division students by 46,140.
Compared to 2018, the numbers of female students increased by 68,282, while the number of male students reduced by 28,234.
This year the numbers of female students are higher by 22,513 compared to male students in the HSC and equivalent examinations.
Every day examinations will be held at around 40,000 classrooms while 1,03,200 invigilators and 1,20,000 teachers will monitor the classrooms.
The set codes for the question papers will be announced 25 minutes before the examinations.
No one can enter the centres, except the secretaries, with mobile phones while the secretaries will be able to carry mobile phone sets but not smart phones.
The differently able students will get 20 to 30 more minutes in the examinations, while the visually and physically impaired students and students with cerebral palsy are allowed to bring scribes at the centres.
At least 30 minutes before the examinations all examinees have to enter the centres while in unavoidable reasons if someone reaches late, they have to file their names, roll numbers and reasons in the registered book.
The minister said that like this year’s SSC and equivalent examinations they would be successful to prevent leaking of questions.
Law enforcement agencies are being urged to strengthen monitoring to check leaking of question papers.
The meeting was attended by senior officials of the ministries and chairpersons of different boards.
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