Primary Education Completion exam cancellation mulled

Dhaka, Aug 11 – The Primary and Mass Education Ministry will send a proposal to the Prime Minister over cancellation of the Primary Education Completion (PEC) examination due to the coronavirus pandemic, said State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md Zakir Hossain.“We had a meeting over the issue…we discussed the PEC examination and the overall planning about primary education. A summary will be sent to the Prime Minister for approval,” he told UNB.
Mahbub Hossain, Secretary to the Secondary and Higher Education Department, said no decision has been taken yet to send any proposal over cancellation of the Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations.
“No decision has been taken yet over cancellation of the exams and no proposal has been sent to the Prime Minister in this regard,” he told UNB.
“A meeting is scheduled to be held this week where issues regarding the examinations and reopening of schools will be discussed,” he said.
On March 16, the government closed all the educational institutions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Later on July 29, the government has again extended the closure of all the educational institutions of the country until August 31 considering the coronavirus situation.
The government is running a distance-learning programme through Sangsad Television. Apart from this, classes are being taken on Facebook and YouTube for primary and secondary-level students.
Many private universities have already started offering online classes as the University Grant Commission (UGC) on March 24 urged teachers to take online classes so that academic activities are not interrupted.
Bangladesh’s coronavirus death tally reached 3,471 on Tuesday after the health authorities announced 33 more deaths in the last 24 hours.
Besides, 2,996 new cases were identified after testing 14,820 samples, pushing up the number of cases to 2,63,503. – UNB