Education minister Dipu Moni on Thursday said that coaching centres across the country would remain closed for a month from January 25 to prevent question paper leak during the Secondary School Certificate and equivalent examinations.
The SSC and equivalent examinations are scheduled to begin on February 1 and 20,47,779 examinees will sit for the examinations.
Dipu Moni attended a meeting of national monitoring and law and order affairs committee over the upcoming examinations at the ministry’s conference room.
‘We are closing all coaching centres during any particular examination as it was proved that some centres were engaged in leaks of question papers in the past,’ she said.
This year 16,35,240 examinees will take SSC examinations at 2,129 exam centres, 2,81,254 students will sit for Dakhil examinations at 710 centres and 1,31,285 students sit for attend vocational examinations at 673 centres.
The number of examinees reduced this year by 87,554 compared with the number of examinees in the previous last year which was 21,35,333.
Replying a question, the minister said that the students who passed the Junior School Certificate and equivalent examinations in 2017 attended this year’s SSC and equivalent exams.
‘Pass rate of JSC and equivalent exams was low in 2017 and that’s why the number of examinees is low in SSC and equivalent exams,’ she said.
In the combined results of JSC and Junior Dakhil Certificate examinations, held after class VIII, 83.65 per cent examinees passed in 2017.
She also mentioned that the students also faced text exams before attending SSC and equivalent exams.
‘This year all examinations but Bangla 2nd, English 1st and 2nd papers will be held in creative questions papers,’ Dipu Moni said.
She said that they were trying to improve the quality of education and teachers by improving curriculum and examination systems and providing training to the teachers.
This year 3,61,325 irregular students will take the exams with 16,81,688 regular students and 4,766 students who are retaking examination to improve results.
The number of examinees from science group reduced to 5,05,026 this year from 5,41,353 in last year.
The numbers of girls are higher than boys in SSC and Dakhil examinations. Around 8.43 lakh girls would sit for SSC and and 1.47 lakh for Dakhil examination and the numbers of boys are 7.91 lakh in SSC and 1.34 lakh in Dakhil.
In vocational exams, 98,307 boys will take the exams long with 32,978 girls.
This year the number of educational institutes with SSC and equivalent exams increased to 28,884 from 28,682 in 2019.
The theoretical parts of the examinations will end on February 25, which will be followed by practical tests till March 3.
The meeting was attended, among others, by state minister for education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury, Secondary and Higher Education Division secretary Md Mahbub Hossain, Technical and Madrasah Education Division secretary Munshi Shahabuddin Ahmed and chairpersons of different boards.
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