This year’s Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination was scheduled to begin on 19 June.

But authorities have already postponed the exam on 17 June due to the catastrophic flood in the Sylhet division.

A source from the Dhaka Education Board said that there is very little chance that the SSC exam will be held before Eid ul-Adha. Moreover, the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam, which was scheduled to begin on 22 August, is also likely to get postponed.

A high-up of the Dhaka Education Board seeking anonymity told Prothom Alo, earlier the hope was that the flood situation would improve and the postponed SSC exams would begin before Eid. But now, more districts have been affected by the flood. Overall, there is no chance of holding the exams before Eid in the current situation.

The official further said, there is a 90 per cent chance that the exam won’t start before Eid. But if a directive comes from the high-ups, then that’s a different equation altogether. But the reality is that most educational institutes are currently flooded in the region. Many of those places are being used as shelters in the Sylhet region. So, the current situation doesn’t allow the exams to start.

According to the academic calendar, vacation for Eid ul-Adha this year will be on 9-11 July.

SM Amirul Islam, controller, Dhaka education board, told Prothom Alo that they are observing the flood situation. They are ready to hold the exams. Fresh dates will be announced taking the ongoing flood situation into account.