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Decision to pass without exam ‘may’ come!

 Saiful Islam

 Published: 06:44 PM, 6 July 2020   Updated: 07:27 PM, 6 July 2020

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Several educational institutions, like Notre Dame College in Dhaka, have allowed the students to pass the next class without examination, but no government decision has been taken yet. However, if the situation is not normal, such a decision may come, according to Dhaka Education Board sources.

A source at the Dhaka Education Board said a decision could be taken if the coronavirus situation is not brought under control between August to September. However, such a decision is not likely to come soon.

Due to the country’s coronavirus situation, class activities have been stopped in all educational institutions from primary to university. Even if the class is conducted online or on television, it is not possible to take the examinations there. Now many guardians or parents asking “if the current situation gets worse, will the students fall under ‘year loss’?”

“There is no chance of that happening. Moreover, we still have enough time,” said Md. Ziaul Haque, coordinator of Inter-Education Board Sub-Committee, adding, “The time has not yet come to decide to pass the next class without an internal exam. And this decision will not be taken without discussing with all concerned.”

Meanwhile, the second interim examination is to be held in August as per the primary school calendar or schedule, however, it is not possible to do so, considering the current situation. As there was no first interim, the fate of the primary annual examination is also under threat.

“Even though the institution is closed, the study is going on. There has been a good response to class activities on television,” said Md. Fasiullah, Director General of Directorate of Primary Education. 

However, if the coronavirus period is extended and the examination is not held, then we can no longer keep the students in the same class. In that case, we must come to a conclusion, he added.

Meanwhile, a study by the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) found that “1.5 million students” across the country could not take part in television classes. About this, Fasiullah said, “The course has to be completed by any means. If this is not done, the students in the next class will not be able to understand the class activities properly.”

When contacted the Education Minister about this, her mobile phone was found switched off.

It is worth to be mentioned that all the educational institutions of the country were closed from March 18 to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection. At the same time, the 2020’s HSC exam and class XI admission in the current academic year are also stuck.