SSC exams deferred, to begin 3 Feb

Staff Correspondent . Dhaka | Update:

Students in an examination hall. File photoThe Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and its equivalent examinations will now begin on 3 February in stead of 1 February.

The ministry in a press statement confirmed this on Saturday.

The education ministry took the decision to facilitate the deferment of the polls to the two Dhaka city corporations billed from 30 January to 1 February, reports UNB.

On 22 December last year, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced the election schedule for the polls to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) fixing 30 January as the voting date which coincides with Saraswati Puja, one of the major religious festivals of the Hindu community.

Amid widespread criticism and demonstration by a group of Dhaka University students, the commission on Sunday rescheduled the polls for 1 February.

More than two million students are expected to take part in the SSC and equivalent examinations.

Among the candidates, 1,024,363 are male and 1,023,416 female. The examinations will be held at 3,512 centres in 28,884 institutions.

Education minister Dipu Moni said 1,635,240 candidates will sit for SSC exam under nine general education boards, 281,254 for Dakhil exams under Madrasa Education Board and 131,285 for vocational exam under Bangladesh Technical Education Board this year.

Besides, 342 students will take part in the examination from abroad, the minister said.

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