The education ministry yesterday announced the admission policy for public secondary schools, keeping the lottery system mandatory for enrolling students in class-I.
Under the policy, the lottery must be held in the presence of the admission committee to ensure transparency.
The government introduced the lottery system in secondary schools last year. However, non-government schools have also been applying the system for enrolment since last year.
"A waiting list has to be prepared in addition to making the list of those selected through lottery. Arrangements must also be made to enrol students from the waiting list gradually in case the selected students do not get admitted within the stipulated time," says the policy.
Children aged between five and seven years old can enrol in grade-I through submitting their birth certificates for age verification.
Students willing to get admitted to classes II-VIII will have to take written tests in Bangla, English and Mathematics, while enrolment in class-IX will be done on the basis of the results of the Junior School Certificate and Junior Dakhil Certificate exams.
Class-II and class-III students will take a 50-mark exam for an hour while class-IV to class-VIII students will take a 100-mark exam for two hours.
The admission committee will prepare the questions, according to the policy.
The highest price of admission forms for class-I to class-VIII has been set at Tk 100 and the maximum admission fee, including session charge, Tk 700.
The policy keeps 5 percent quota for freedom fighters' children and grandchildren, and 2 percent quota for physically and mentally challenged children.
Another 2 percent seats have been kept reserved for the children of education ministry officials, teachers and employees of the schools subject to meeting minimum requirements.