The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations of 2020 under eleven education boards across the country begin today (Monday). More than 20 lakh students are expected to take part in the examinations.
According to education ministry, “A total of 20, 47, 779 students will take part in the examination from 28,884 institutions at 3,512 centres all over the country. Of them, 10,24,363 male students and 10,23,416 are female students.”
Some 16,35,240 candidates will sit for SSC under nine general education boards; 2,81,254 for Dakhil exams under Madrasah Education Board and 1,31,285 for vocational exams under Bangladesh Technical Education Board this year.
Besides, 342 students will take part in the examinations from abroad.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni earlier said at a press conference that the Education Ministry has taken stringent measures to prevent the leakage of question papers.
She urged the teachers, students and guardians not to pay heed to any rumour of question paper leak.
The education minister said, “None will be allowed to use mobile phone except the secretary of the test centres during exams, but the secretary can only use feature phones.”
The minister also instructed the candidates to enter their respective exam halls half an hour before the beginning of the tests, or else they would not be allowed to sit for the test.
The physically challenged examinees will get 20 minutes additional time while those autistic and the down syndrome disabled will be given additional 30 minutes. No outsiders will be allowed to enter the boundary of an examination centre.
Like the previous years, all type of coaching centres remains closed from January 1 and it will remain closed till the end of the examinations.
This year, the SSC exams will be held under creative question papers except Bangla 2nd paper and English 1st and 2nd papers.
Earlier, the SSC and equivalent exams was scheduled to be held on February 1. The education ministry rescheduled the exam on February 3 as the election commission rescheduled the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) elections on February 1 due to some unavoidable circumstances.