Shortened versions of SSC, HSC exams

Include compulsory subjects

The government has a plan to hold the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent exams of 2021 in November and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) in December this year if the Covid-19 situation in the country improves. And the examinations will be held on shortened syllabuses of three group-based elective subjects maintaining the health guidelines. We hope the dark cloud of uncertainty descended upon the country’s lakhs of SSC and HSC candidates will be disappeared following the government’s latest decision.

The most important and compulsory subjects like Bangla, English and Mathematics have been excluded from the process of examinations. Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Thursday said the compulsory subjects would be evaluated through subject mapping.

We hope the government will arrange 

examinations for the compulsory subjects 

like three group-based elective subjects

The SSC examinees will have to submit 24 assignments while HSC examinees will submit 30 assignments in 12 weeks from this month. However, we think if the government is capable to hold the examinations of group-based elective subjects, it can also hold the examinations of compulsory subjects like Bangla, English and Mathematics as these subjects are also equally important for the students. 

It is worth mentioning that over the past years all the education boards in Bangladesh have witnessed poor performance of students in English and Mathematics examinations. But these subjects are very important for the students' cognitive growth.  Therefore, we hope the government will arrange examinations for these compulsory subjects like three group-based elective subjects.

Earlier the government cancelled the Primary Education Completion, Junior School Certificate and HSC examinations in 2020 due to the coronavirus situation and students were evaluated through previous public examinations’ results mapping.  

All the all-educational institutions across the country have remained closed since 17 March last year following the outbreak of the virus on March 8 in the country. We believe Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League government will try its level best to reopen the educational institutions so that the students can go to schools, colleges and universities.