The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations-2021 under 11 education boards are set to begin on November 14 across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A total of 2,227,113 students from 29,035 institutions are expected to appear in the examinations in 3,679 centres this year. Of the students, 1,028,422 are boys and 1,198,691 girls.
She said all coaching centres in the country will remain closed from November 8-25 ahead of the SSC and equivalent examinations to facilitate the fair holding of the SSC and equivalent examinations. The minister also hinted that the 2022’s SSC and equivalent exams will not be held in February as we want to give some more time to the students for preparation. But we will inform about the time and schedule in time.
Dipu Moni said a total of 18,00,998 will sit for the SSC examination under nine general education boards, 3,01,887 for Dakhil exam under the Madrasah Education Board and 1,24,228 for vocational exam under the Technical Education Board this year.
The number of total examinees is 1,79,334 which is 8.76 percent higher than 2020 while the number of educational institutions increased by 167 this year.
In 2020, a total of 20,47,779 students took part in the SSC and equivalent examinations at 3,512 centers from 28,884 educational institutions.
This year, a total of 429 students from nine overseas centres will appear in the SSC exams.
Education ministry has taken stringent measures to prevent the leakage of question papers, she said urging teachers, students and guardians not to pay heed to any rumour of question paper leaks.
The law enforcement agencies along with BTRC are working to stop the spread of rumours, she said adding that “Stern actions will be taken against those found involved in any irregularities including leaking question papers during the SSC examinations.”
Dipu Moni said, “No question papers were leaked during the public examinations last several years. I hope that we would be able to hold SSC examination peacefully and stop question paper leakage this year too.”
She said the theoretical exams of SSC will be held from November 14 to November 23 and Dakhil and Vocational exams will be held from November 14 to 21 maintaining health guidelines.
The examinees and teachers will not be allowed to enter examination centres with mobile phone and other devices.
The minister said, “Even, the secretary of an examination centre will not be allowed with smart phone. He/she can use only normal mobile phone in the centre.”
The physically challenged examinees will get 10 minutes additional time while the autistic and the down syndrome disabled will be given additional 20 minutes.
No outsiders will be allowed to enter the boundary of an examination centre.
Earlier, the government decided to hold the SSC and equivalent exams with shortened syllabuses, on three elective subjects based on groups, as the SSC and the HSC examinations could not be held as scheduled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dipu Moni said the results would be published within a month of the exams.
No exams will be taken on the fourth or optional elective subjects. Mandatory subjects would be evaluated in the previous JSC, JDC and equivalent examinations.
Results will be based on subject mapping of the previous JSC, JDC, SSC, and equivalent examination results.
After one and half year of closure, the government reopened schools and colleges on September 13 following an improvement in the Covid-19 pandemic situation.
Although, the SSC and equivalent exams was held in time in last year but the HSC examinees were evaluated on the basis of results in the JSC and SSC exams as the exams could not held due to the pandemic.