No HSC exam; students to be evaluated based on JSC, SSC results

The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination will not be held this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government said on Wednesday.

Students will be evaluated based on the results of their Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni said.

While speaking at a virtual press conference at noon, she said the decision to not take the HSC examination was taken considering the safety of students.

The minister said students will be evaluated in a different system this time which will be accepted.

She said a team of experts will decide how many marks from JSC and SSC will be counted for evaluating the students.

Dipu Moni said it takes 30-32 days to arrange the examination. “It’s not possible to arrange seating of a single student on a bench. There’s also not manpower to double the exam centres.”

She also said results will be published by December so that the university admission process can start.

The HSC and equivalent examinations were scheduled to begin on April 1 last. But those were put on hold due to the coronavirus transmission.

Meanwhile, the JSC, Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC), Primary Education Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee examinations will also not be held centrally this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

All the educational institutions remained closed from March 17 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The closure has been extended in phases and in the latest move, the government decided to keep the educational institutions shut until Oct 31.