Refrain from unnecessary criticism over HSC results: PM

Special Correspondent

31 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday urged all to refrain from making unnecessary criticisms over the results of the Higher Secondary Certificate and its equivalent examinations.

“I request those, who are criticising the results in this new system, to refrain from unnecessary criticisms. The negative comments will put psychological stress on the students,” she said while addressing the results handover and publishing ceremony of HSC and equivalent examinations at International Mother Language Institute in the capital.

Joining the programme virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban, the premier said the useless discussions would only mount pressure on the students

who had already been burdened with mental stress due to the closure of educational institutions for a long time.

The premier said many people are saying many things. “But, I think it would be better not to make unnecessary comments or create bitterness.”

She said preparing the result was a tough job as the authorities concerned had to consider all other relevant aspects, including JSC and SSC results.

“We do not want a year to be ruined in a student’s life, rather we want their academic life to continue and that is why this result was published,” she added.

The premier said the HSC and equivalent results had been prepared following the international standard that the other countries exercised for their students.

In addition, the opinion of a panel of experts related to education has also been taken along with considering other issues in preparing this result, she added.

Reiterating her call to countrymen to maintain health guidelines properly to contain COVID-19, the premier said the government would reopen the educational institutions if the coronavirus situation improves in February.

“We would observe the situation in February. If the situation improves in February, we will reopen the educational institutions on a limited scale. We have a plan like that,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina urged the people to get prepared mentally to receive COVID-19 inoculation as the government had already started vaccination in the country.

Authorities concerned have already been directed so that teachers and all people involved in schools, colleges and universities are given the vaccine as early as possible, she said.

Earlier, chairmen of 11 education boards -- nine general boards, one madrasa education board and one technical education board -- handed over their results. On behalf of the Prime Minister, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni received the results.

Dipu Moni gave welcome speech at the ceremony while Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury delivered the closing remarks. Secondary and higher education division secretary Mahbub Hossain conducted the event.