SSC exams likely in June, HSC in July-August: Education minister

Education minister Dipu MoniFile photo

The SSC (Secondary School Certificate), HSC (Higher Secondary Certificate) and equivalent exams of the next year will be shifted to a later date due to the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, situation in Bangladesh, said education minister Dipu Moni.

The minister was addressing a virtual media conference on Tuesday.

She said the classes could be held in classrooms with curtailed curriculum from February to April before taking SSC and equivalent exams in June. HSC and equivalent classes are likely to be held in classrooms from February to May. The exams are likely to be held in July-August.

The education minister further said the certificates of JSC (Junior School Certificate) and JDC (Junior Dakhil Certificate) that the education boards will provide this year won’t mention any number as no exams were held. The JSC and JDC certificates will only mention that the students have passed.

Dipu Moni further said the government will introduce ID No. system to carry out educational activities instead of roll number system, which used to be decided by exam results, in the high schools.

The education minister also said the government would not organise any festive event to distribute text books among the students on 1 January due to the coronavirus situation. Instead, books will be distributed among the sixth graders to ninth graders in 12 days. The students of each class would take their books from schools on three different days.

Before this, prime minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the book distribution festival virtually on 31 December, Dipu Moni said.