Staying healthy is more important than losing one year to Covid-19, says the education minister
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni has again said that preparations are underway to take the SSC and HSC examinations this year with a shortened syllabus, but the government is also considering alternative options.
Dipu Moni made the remarks while talking to reporters following a seminar arranged at the National Press Club on Sunday.
“We are trying to take this year's SSC and HSC exams in a shorter syllabus. If that is not possible, alternative methods will be considered.
“This is why we are continuing the education system in an alternative way. Students are getting the opportunity to study through TV, online, and assignments,” the minister added.
Mentioning that the spike in Covid cases forced the government to again extend the closure of educational institutions until June 30, she said: “We can’t hold the exams right now.”
The minister said that various steps were taken to overcome the damage that had been done to the education system by Covid-19.
Stating that staying healthy is more important than losing one academic year for the pandemic, she said: “There is nothing to worry about regarding the exams. Rather, they [the examinees] should focus on finishing the revised syllabus and study regularly at home.”
In April, Secondary and Higher Education Division Secretary Md Mahbub Hossain said that the government would not follow any alternative method to evaluate the performance of the SSC and the HSC students in 2021 regardless of the Covid-19 situation.
The government wanted to hold the SSC exams in September or October and the HSC tests later this year provided that the pandemic was brought under control.
Last year’s SSC aspirants finished their syllabus before the Covid-19 pandemic had started, while the HSC candidates completed a basic part by that time. Even though the SSC exams were held, the authorities had to cancel the HSC exams due to the outbreak.
The government then chose to go for an “auto pass” system – a method of evaluation made comparing the results of the SSC and the Junior School Certificate exams.
A total of 1,145,329 students registered last year and passed the HSC exams from nine general education boards, some 88,302 passed Alim from the Madrasa Board, and 133,746 cleared the exams from the Technical Education Board. Of them, some 161,807 students achieved GPA-5.