82,500 students get scholarships in PEC exams

Staff Correspondent

25 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

A total of 82,500 students have got scholarships in the Primary Education Completion (PEC) Examinations held in 2018.

State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md Zakir Hossain came up with the information while talking to reporters at his secretariat office on Sunday.

Among the scholarship recipients, 33,000 students got scholarship under talent pool while 49,500 under general category, he said

The minister said the scholarship was introduced to flourish talents among students. It will increase participations of students in classroom and check dropout.

Among them, who got scholarships under talent pool will receive Tk300 per month while those under general category will get Tk225 per month.

The students will get the scholarships for three years from class VI to VIII. The list of scholarship recipients is available on the Primary Education Department website www.dpe.gov.bd.

Mentioning that the ministry is working relentlessly for ensuring quality education, the state minister said “We are yet to ensure quality education in the country despite we have all facilities.”

Primary Education Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee Examinations-2018 were held in November across the country with the participation of 26,52,896 examinees. Around 97.59 percent students came out successful in the examinations.

The ministry’s Secretary Akram Al Hossain told reporters that they have decided not to take any examination of class I, II and III students.

“The ministry took the decision following Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s directives but we are yet to announce in this regard,” Akram said.

“The announcement of withdrawal of the examinations of class I, II and III will be given after finalizing the assessment process of the classes,” he said.

He also said they ordered the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) authority to prepare recommendations over the evaluation process of students of the class I to III.

Then, the assessment process will be finalized after holding a workshop on the NCTB recommendations with teachers, educationists and guardians.

“Afterward we will take the final decision about withdraw of the examination of class I, II and III,” he added.

Seeking anonymity another ministry official, however, confirmed that the ministry will try to implement the decision from the current year. If the decision is not executed this year for any reason, it will be implemented next year.