Coaching centres will remain closed for more than a month during the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations which have been scheduled to begin on December 2 this year.
Education Minister Dipu Moni came up with the announcement while addressing a press conference on Thursday.
Some 13,99,690 students are expected to take part in the HSC and equivalent examinations this year. Of them, 7.30 lakh are boys and 6.70 lakh are girls, she said.
Students from 9,183 colleges, madrasas and technical institutions will sit for HSC exams at 2,621 centres across the country.
Though the number of virus cases has dropped recently, the pandemic is not yet over. Educational institutions have also been shut for over a year and a half. Therefore, this year, the exams are being held under special rules, she said.
The government has decided that the SSC and HSC tests will have a reduced syllabus of three elective subjects in consideration of the setbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
There will be no exams on the compulsory and fourth subjects. Students will be graded on those subjects through subject mapping, following recommendations from an expert committee.
The government had to defer this year’s HSC and equivalent examinations amid coronavirus pandemic. Usually HSC and its equivalent exams are held in April.