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No bar to publish HSC results without exam as House clears amended education bill

  • Published at 02:47 pm January 24th, 2021
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File photo of Students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College celebrate their HSC results on Thursday, July 19, 2018 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The results will be published after coordinating 75% of the SSC and 25% of JSC-JDC results

Three amendment bills were passed in parliament on Sunday, paving the path for publishing the results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations by January 28 without holding the tests.

These bills are "Intermediate and Secondary Education (Amendment) Bill 2021," "Bangladesh Technical Education Board (Amendment) Bill 2021," and "Bangladesh Madrasah Education Board (Amendment) Bill 2021."

Education Minister Dipu Moni moved the bills in the House and they were then passed by voice vote.

It was proposed to promulgate three ordinances amending "Intermediate and Secondary Education Ordinance 1961," "Bangladesh Technical Education Board Act 2018," and "Bangladesh Madrasah Education Board Act 2020" to publish the results of the HSC and its equivalent examinations.

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As per the existing laws, there is no provision to publish the HSC results without holding examinations.

Since it was not possible to hold examinations amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the amendment bills were placed.

“Although the ordinance has a mandatory provision of holding public examinations, not only Bangladesh, the developed countries also have taken alternative steps instead of holding public examinations under the consequence of the Covid-19 situation,” the minister told parliament.

Most of the opposition lawmakers including Harunur Rashid, Rumin Farhana, Rawshan Ara Mannan, Mokabbir Khan and Mujibul Haq opposed the enactment of the law.

On the other hand, another opposition member Fazley Imam gave full support and said: “The enactment of the law is an expression of the wisdom of the government considering the situation of the pandemic.”

The results will be published after coordinating 75% of the SSC and 25% from the JSC-JDC results, the education minister said recently.

The HSC and its equivalent examinations were postponed in October 2019 due to Covid-19 situation.

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The cabinet earlier this month approved the draft bill for an amendment to the Intermediate and Secondary Education Ordinance 1961 allowing the education boards to publish results without holding examinations during any crisis.

In October, the Education Ministry had formed a seven-member technical committee, headed by Additional Secretary Nazmul Haque Khan for developing a method of evaluating the candidates based on their previous SSC and JSC results.

The HSC batch of 2020 will be the first batch of students who will get certificates without sitting for the examinations as it is the first time in Bangladesh history that a public examination has been cancelled.