JSC, JDC exams to begin Nov 1

JSC, JDC exams to begin Nov 1

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Dhaka – Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Sunday said the Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations of this year will begin on November 1.
“The JSC and JDC examinations will start from November 1 and end on November 17,” the minister said while addressing a press briefing at the Secretariat in the morning.
The examinations will be held simultaneously at 2,734 centers across the country and 24,10,015 students from 28,844 educational institutions will appear for the examinations, he added.
Among the examinees, 20,35,543 will take part under eight Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education across the country while 3,74,472 under the Madrasah Education Board, he added.
“The results will be published within 30 days the examinations”, said the Education Minister.
On October 20, Primary and Mass Education Ministry sent a letter to the Education Ministry asking to arrange the JSC and JDC examinations this year.
In light of the National Education Policy, the government took a decision to extend the primary education level up to class VIII from V while the secondary education level to range between class IX and Class XII.
To this end, the Primary and Mass Education Ministry sent a proposal to the Cabinet Division seeking cancellation of the Primary Education Completion (PEC) examinations of class V, Nahid said.
However, the Cabinet Division rejected the proposal saying The PEC and JSC examinations will be held this year as usual, he added.
While asked whether his ministry can arrange the public examinations with a preparation of just eight days, the minister said although it will be a tough task, the will try its best to arrange the examinations in time without any hassle. Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid Sunday assured the students that the junior school certificate (JSC) terminal examinations would be held in time though they got the proposal from the primary and mass education ministry 10 days before.
The education ministry handed over all the responsibility up to class VIII to the primary and mass education ministry in May this year to implement the national education policy 2010.
As per the decision the primary and mass education ministry will look after the activities of primary education across the country.
They completed all necessary preparations to hold the JSC and equivalent examinations scheduled on Nov 1 but suddenly they changed the decision on Oct 20 and proposed the education ministry to hold the examinations.
“It is not possible for primary and mass education ministry now to hold the JSC exams. They have proposed us for it. We are also unprepared for getting such proposal just before 10 days of the exams. But we have taken the takes as it is our duty,” Nahid said on Sunday to the journalists at a press conference at his office in the secretariat.
The minister said the students and guardians need not to be worried about the holding of the exams as it would be held as per the previous schedule on Nov 1 and completed on Nov 17.
“The examinations would be held in time and the results would also be published in time. We will take all cooperation from the concerned persons,” he added.
Replying to a query, he said, “There is no lack of coordination between the two ministries. I don’t know why they failed to hold the exams. We could help them if they wanted. But there will be no problem as we have experience. We will complete all preparations within ten days.”
The minister said they would talk to the primary and mass education ministry later about how they can hold the examinations.
In reply to another question, he said, “The primary and mass education ministry went to the cabinet to get the nod about holding two exams – primary education certificate (PEC) in class V and JSC in class VIII or one examination in Class VIII in primary level only. But the cabinet said both the exams would continue in primary level.”  – Staff Reporter

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