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SSC exams begin today

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 14 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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SSC exams begin today

The much-awaited Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations under 11 education boards across the country will begin today, following health guidelines on fight against coronavirus.

A total of 2,227,113 students from 29,035 institutions are expected to sit for the exams in 3,679 centres across the country. Of them, 1,028,422 are boys and 1,198,691 girls.

Of the candidates, 1,800,998 will sit for SSC exams under nine general education boards, 301,887 for Dakhil exams under the Madrasah Education Board and 124,228 for vocational exams under Technical Education Board.

The number of total examinees is 179,334 which is 8.76 percent higher than 2020 while the number of educational institutions increased by 167 this year.

In 2020, a total of 2,047,779 students from 28,884 educational institutions took part in the SSC and equivalent examinations at 3,512 centres across the country.

Addressing at the press conference, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni said earlier all coaching centres in the country will remain closed from November 8-25 to facilitate the fair holding of the exams.   She said the education ministry has taken stringent measures to prevent the question paper leaks and the minister also urged teachers, students and guardians not to pay heed to any rumour of question paper leaks.

Law enforcement agencies along with the BTRC are working to stop the spread of rumours, she said, adding: “Stern actions will be taken against those who are involved in leaking question papers.”

Dipu Moni further said, “No question papers have been leaked during the public exams in the last several years. I hope that we would be able to hold SSC exams peacefully and stop question paper leaks this year too.”

She said SSC theoretical exams 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 examination centres.

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, SSC and equivalent exams were held on time in te last year, but HSC examinees were evaluated on the basis of results in JSC and SSC exams as the exams could not held due to the pandemic.