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Curtailed syllabuses published for SSC, HSC exams

Staff Correspondent

6 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government published revised shortened syllabuses for this year’s Secondary School Certificate (SSC), Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations in the face of criticism from examinees and teachers.

The syllabuses were published on the website of Dhaka Education board after it had been approved at a meeting held with Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni in the chair on Thursday.

Earlier on January 25, the Dhaka education board published the curtailed SSC and HSC syllabuses prepared by the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB).

But the students, parents and teachers informed the education minister that the curtailed syllabus could not be completed within the allotted time of three or four months.

On January 27, the Education Ministry decided to revise the shortened syllabus amid massive criticism from students, teachers and guardians.

Earlier, Dipu Moni, at a meeting with the NCTB chairman and other officials and teachers involved in formulation of the syllabus, asked to prepare syllabuses that could be completed in three months for SSC and four months for HSC and equivalent examinations.

SSC and equivalent examinations are likely to be held in June this year while HSC exams in July or August, if the Covid-19 situation becomes favourable.

The country’s educational institutions have been closed since March last year due to the covid-19 pandemic.

The government extended the shutdown of all the educational institutions, except Qawmi Madrasah, a number of times until February 14.