Cabinet clears amendments to laws for auto-pass

HSC, equivalent results now by Jan 28: cabinet secretary

Staff Correspondent | Published: 13:54, Jan 11,2021 | Updated: 00:19, Jan 12,2021


The cabinet on Monday approved a draft bill for an amendment to the Intermediate and Secondary Education Ordinance 1961 allowing the education boards to publish results without holding examinations in any crisis.

This year’s results would be published based on the evaluations of the results of the immediate past examinations.

‘The results of the HSC and equivalent examinations of 2020 would be published after the amendment to the Intermediate and Secondary Education Ordinance, 1961, as the existing law did not have any provision of announcing the results without holding the examinations,’ education minister Dipu Moni told reporters at the secretariat following the weekly cabinet meeting.

The cabinet decided to place the draft bill in the parliament session beginning on January 18 as the secondary and higher education division sought its approval for the promulgation of an ordinance necessary for publishing the results of the Higher Secondary Certificate and other equivalent exams on the basis of the government decision to give ‘auto-pass’ in the coronavirus outbreak.

Similar amendments to the Bangladesh Technical Education Board Act, 2018 and the Bangladesh Madrassah Board Act, 2020 were proposed on the same grounds, cabinet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam told a press briefing at the secretariat.

The cabinet decided to place the amendment bills on the first day of the parliament session beginning on January 18 and it would take two to three days to complete the process. 

‘The HSC and equivalent results would now be published by January 28 even if it takes a long time to complete all the procedures and thereby reaching the maximum time limit,’ he added.

The cabinet endorsed the amendments to the laws subject to vetting by the law ministry, he said.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the cabinet meeting virtually from her residence Ganabhaban while members of her cabinet and secretaries concerned joined it from the secretariat.

In December last year, Dipu Moni said that the government would promulgate an ordinance for publishing the HSC results of 13,65,789 candidates under 11 educational boards by the first week of this January.

The scheduled HSC and equivalent examinations were cancelled on October 7 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

In October, the education ministry formed a seven-member technical committee headed by additional secretary of the ministry Nazmul Haque Khan for developing a method of evaluating the candidates based on their previous SSC and JSC results.

The HSC batch of 2020 will be the first batch of students who will get certificates without sitting for the examinations as it is the first time in the history of the country that a public examination has been cancelled.

Monday’s cabinet also approved a draft of the ‘Civil Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2021, extending the jurisdiction of the courts in financial matters. It also endorsed the draft Customs Bill, 2021 as a similar bill was sent back from the parliament last year with some observations, the cabinet secretary said.

An assistant judge would have the jurisdiction to hear a case relating to wealth worth up to Tk 15 lakh which is Tk 2 lakh in the existing law, he said, adding that a senior assistant judge would have the authority to hear a matter of up to Tk 25 lakh, which is now Tk 4 lakh, and the district judge’s jurisdiction has been extended to Tk 5 crore from five lakh.

Anwarul said that the cabinet also approved the draft of the ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University Bill, 2020, raising the country’s public universities to 47.

The cabinet ratified the Preferential Trade Agreement signed between the governments of Bangladesh and Bhutan on December 6, 2020 and the rules for Determination of Origin of Goods for Bangladesh-Bhutan Preferential Trade Agreement, he said.

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