14,988 absent on 1st day of HSC exams

Staff Correspondent

2 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Some 14,988 examinees were absent on the first day of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations on Monday.

Twenty-seven students were expelled on the day for adopting unfair means. Of them, 22 are from technical education board, according to a press release issued by the president of Inter-education Boards Co-ordination Sub-committee, Prof M Ziaul Haque.

Some 10,160 examinees were absent during examinations held under eight general education boards while 2,614 others were absent during examinations held under madrassa education board and 2,214 were absent during examinations held under technical education board.

A total of 13,51,505 examinees—-6,87,009 females and 6,64,496 males—-from 9,081 educational institutions registered for examinations under eight general, one madrassa, one technical education and one diploma in business studies board this year.

Examinations were held in 2,579 centres across the country. A total of 275 students sat for examinations from eight centres abroad.

HSC and DIBS examinees sat for compulsory Bangla first paper examinations while Alim examinees sat for Quran Majid examinations on the first day.

Education minister Dr Dipu Moni and deputy education minister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhury Nowfel visited the Siddheswari Girls’ College examination centre in the capital on the day.

Later, Dipu Moni informed that none would be spared for spreading rumour of question paper leak during examinations.

“The ministry has taken stringent measures to prevent leak of question papers,” she said, urging teachers, students and guardians not to pay heed to any rumour.

She also expressed optimism that ongoing HSC and equivalent examinations will be held without question paper leak.

Mentioning that HSC examinations will be completed peacefully like that of SSC examinations, she said that her ministry had taken proper initiatives to stop all kinds of irregularities during examinations.”

In reply to a query, she said the primary and mass education ministry is working to withdraw examinations up to class-III following instructions given by the prime minister.

She said, “We’ll implement the education policy gradually, but we won’t be able to do everything overnight.”

As per decision of the ministry, examinees entered the examination centres 30 minutes before the examinations. Only the secretaries were allowed to carry phones at the ination centres.