Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Sunday said the government is mulling over alternative methods if the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations cannot be held this year on a shortened syllabus amid the pandemic.
“We are still trying to hold the SSC and HSC exams through a shortened syllabus. If it is not possible, then we will consider the alternative methods,” she saidDipu Moni came up with the remarks at a seminar arranged by Shwapno Foundation at the National Press Club in the capital marking the 13th anniversary of release of Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from prison.
“But now we have to think about whether we can take the exams. If there is any alternative to exams [in case we can’t take the tests], we have to think about everything,” she said.
Mentioning that there is no reason for the students to be worried, Dipu Moni suggested that the students do as much as possible to carry out their normal study at home taking advantage of the online education and assignments.
She said, “Our great loss is the impact of the pandemic on overall education system and this loss is happening all over the world. We also have plans to make up for the loss.”
The education minister asked the SSC and HSC examinees not to be confused. “Work physically and mentally to keep yourselves safe at home amid the pandemic and don’t choose any wrong way.”
“There is no reason for you to be afraid. Keep yourself involved in your academic activities as much as you can and stay healthy. We want our children to be healthy.”She also commented that there would be no such great loss in life if the examination is not held for a year.
Urging the university admissions seekers not to be worried, Dipu Moni also said, “We are also thinking about what steps can be taken for the university admission.”
All the educational institutions remained closed since March 17 last year in a bid to check further spread of Covid-19 in the country.
The government could hold the SSC exam before the closure last year but there was no scope to hold the HSC or other public exams due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The results of HSC and its equivalent candidates were published based on their JSC and SSC results last year.
This year the government took initiatives to reopen the educational institutions several times but it could not do it due to the rise in Covid-19 infections in the country.
There were plans to reopen the educational institutes by June 13 but the government further extended their closure till June 30 amid the growing Covid-19 infections in the bordering areas.