No autopromotion to Class IX

Ershad Kamol | Published: 01:40, Sep 25,2020


Intermediate and Secondary Education Boards, Bangladesh on Thursday decided to instruct the schools and madrassahs to develop an assessment process for promoting students from Class VIII to Class IX following the cancellation of junior school certificates and equivalent examinations.

After holding an online meeting with the chairmen of education boards, Inter-Education Board Coordination committee chairman professor Md Ziaul Haque told New Age that the educational institutions were entrusted with the responsibility of developing an assessment process for promoting students as the government in August had cancelled the JSC and equivalent examinations due to COVID-19 crisis.

‘If the educational institutions open, they will take exams. Otherwise, they will assess the students based on their previous records. Science, arts and commerce groups will also be selected depending on the choice of the students and after evaluating their previous records,’ Ziaul said.

The coordination committee would give guidelines to the institutions for taking special makeup classes for the Class VIII students after reopening of the schools so that they could acquire the required skills for continuing studies in Class IX.

They, however, did not decide how scholarships would be awarded.

‘Directorate of secondary and higher education and national curriculum and textbook board will decide the nature of promotion of students of Class VI and VII,’ Chittagong Education Board chairman Pradip Chakrobarty said.

Holding HSC and equivalent examinations were not on the agenda of the meeting as the government had earlier decided that the public examinations would be held giving 15-day notice after reopening of the educational institutions that remained closed since March 17.

As per the last instructions, educational intuitions to remain closed until October 3.   

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