The government will take action against the schools and madrasas with zero pass rate in this year’s Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations.
The zero-pass institutions will receive show-cause notices to explain what went wrong and then necessary action will be taken by the authorities concerned against the institutions, sources said.No students have passed from 107 institutions this year while the number was only 47 in 2015. The number of schools and madrasas with zero-pass rates in SSC and equivalents exams has more than doubled since 2015, mainly due to lack of qualified teachers, adequate infrastructures and strict government action against the poor performing institutions.
According to the results published on Monday, students from a total of 28,673 institutions took part in the SSC and equivalent exams this year; and 107 institutions had a zero-pass rate.
When asked about the zero-pass institutions, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni said, “We want to take special measures so that all schools irrespective of their locations can have better performances in the exams.”
Of the 107 zero-pass institutions, 59 institutions are Dakhil madrasas under Bangladesh Madrasa Education Board (BMEB), 43 institutions under Bangladesh Technical Education Board, and two under the Barisal Education Board; and one each under the Dinajpur, Rajshahi, and Jessore education boards.
Of the institutions, a total of 238 students took part in Dakhil (SSC) exam from the 59 zero-passed madrasas. Nine out of the 59 madrasas are MPO-listed institutions.
The government is paying around Tk 2.5 lakh as salaries to each of the nine institutions every month and around Tk 3 crore in a year. The rest 50 madrasas are trying to get MPO facility.Officials concerned said the zero-pass institutions will face action, including cancellation of the MPO facility and cancellation of academic recognition for the non-MPO institutions.
Madrasah Board Chairman Prof AKM Saif Ullah said: “We will now issue show-cause notices to all the zero-pass institutions asking them to explain why that happened.”
“Recommendations will be made to cancel government facilities to MPO-listed institutions while academic recognition of the non-MPO institutions will be revoked,” he added.
Barisal Education Board Chairman Prof Md Yunus said show-cause notices were served on two zero-pass institutions and further action will be taken against those institutions.
Education Ministry’s Technical and Madrasa Education Division Secretary Md Alamgir said they have asked the respective boards to take action against those institutions with zero-pass rate while keeping the ministry informed regarding the actions taken.
Technical Education Board Exam Controller Dr Sushil Kumar Paul said the poor show of the 43 institutions under their board was caused by students scoring low in practical exams.
He said the necessary steps will be taken against those zero-pass institutions.
The number of institutions having less than 50 per cent pass rate stood at 2,061 this year from 947 in the year 2015.
Educationists blamed the dearth of competent teachers, especially for subjects like English, mathematics and science, for the dismal performance of these institutions.
Board officials said they would start identifying the poor performing institutions from this year and chalk out plans to improve their performances.
Dhaka Education Board Chairman Prof M Ziaul Haque said they would identify the institutions that have less than 40 per cent pass rates from this year.
“We will also try to find out the number of teachers and students of these institutions. After that we will finalise a plan on how the performance of these institutions can be improved,” he said.