Nearly 1.4 million students taking HSC exams

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Education Minister Dipu Moni has urged all to maintain hygiene rules so that exams can be held without any disruption

After a near seven-month delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent exams for the academic session 2020-21 began on Thursday maintaining hygiene rules.

Some 1,399,690 students are eligible to take the high-stakes public tests this year – a 2.48% increase from last year’s 1,365,789.
While 1,138,017 candidates are supposed to sit for the HSC exams under nine general education boards, 113,114 are eligible to take the Alim exams under the Madrasa Education Board, and 148,503 the vocational exams under the Bangladesh Technical Education Board this time around.

Besides, 406 students are slated to appear for the HSC exams from abroad. Some 2,621 centres have been designated as HSC exam hubs across Bangladesh.
This year, the SSC and the HSC exams could not be held according to schedule due to the pandemic. Subsequently, the government decided to hold the exams with shortened syllabuses.

The SSC and equivalent exams that began on November 14 concluded on November 23, while the HSC and equivalent exams will conclude on December 30.

All coaching centres across the country will remain shut from November 25 to January 3 in light of the exams.
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