The Primary Education Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee Examinations for the fifth graders will begin on November 17 across the country.
A total of 2,903,638 students registered to sit for the PEC and Ebtedayee examinations at 7,458 centres across the country and eight centres in other countries.This year, the number of examinees in PEC has dropped by 223,615 while 30,983 more examinees are sitting in the Ebtedayee examination than last year.
Last year, a total of 3,095,123 students appeared in the primary and Ebtedayee examinations.
State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md Zakir Hossain disclosed the information at a press briefing at his secretariat office on Thursday.
He said a total of 25,53,267 students---11,81,300 boys, and 13,71,967 girls---will sit for the PEC examinations while 3,50,371 students---1,87,082 boys and 1,66,281 girls---registered to attend the Ebtedayee terminal examinations.
In addition, 615 students will take part in the examinations from eight countries.
The state minister said the authorities concerned have been asked to take necessary steps for holding examinations in the exam centres in Barisal, Chittagong, and Khulna, which were damaged during the cyclone Bulbul.“We have asked the authorities to provide books in the respective areas so that the students can take preparation for the examinations properly,” he added.
The exams would start at 10:30am and end at 1:00pm every day. Children with special needs would be given extra 30 minutes. The examinations are scheduled to end on November 24.