The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent exams began on Thursday under the 11 education boards across the country.
According to the education ministry, about 14 lakh students had completed registration to sit for this year’s examinations. Of them, 7.30 lakh are boys and 6.70 lakh are girls.
This year, the number of examinees in the HSC and equivalent exams has gone up by 33,901 from last year.
The HSC exams are holding maintaining health guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Visiting different exam centers in the capital, it was seen that the college authorities conducted a temperature check and hand sanitisation of the candidates before allowing them to enter the exam halls.
On the first day of the exams, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni visited the Govt Shaheed Suhrawardy College centre in Old Dhaka area of the capital. Talking to the journalists, Dipu Moni said, “We hope that any situation leading to the closure of education institutions does not emerge. But if the situation takes a turn for the worse, we will take any decision for the safety of the students.”
The education minister said that they were watching the pandemic situation amid global concerns over the potentially more contagious Omicron variant.
The ministry is not mulling to increase the number of weekly in-person classes despite calls from schools and colleges, said Dipu Moni.
“However, it is for the Primary and Mass Education Ministry to decide on in-person classes at elementary schools,” she also said.
The next year’s Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams may be held in mid-2022, she said.
“We have shortened the syllabus. We’d like students to be able to attend more classes, so we're hoping to hold the exams in the middle of the year.
The minister also said there is no way to leak HSC exam questions, and anyone who spreads rumours about a leak will face stern punishment.