The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations began today with 14,32,727 examinees taking part from 27,489 educational institutions across the country.
A total of 7,33,202 boys and 6,99,525 girls are expected to appear in the SSC and equivalent examinations at 2,942 centres under 10 education boards.
After the exams started at 10:00am, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid visited examination halls at Motijheel Government Boys High School in Dhaka and talked to invigilators, officials, students and guardians.
While talking to reporters, the minister urged all the political parties not to hold any programme that may force the government to reschedule exams.
Of the total candidates, more than 10.90 lakh students will sit for the SSC exams under eight general education boards.
Some 2.39 lakh students will take Dakhil (secondary level of madrasa) examinations and around 1.02 lakh SSC vocational exams.
The candidates are taking Bangla First Paper tests on the first day.
The exams would end on March 20 with the practical exams beginning on March 22.
A total of 296 overseas students will sit for the tests in seven overseas centres under Dhaka Board.
All papers except for Bangla 2nd, English 1st and 2nd, and mathematics of SSC general exams will be held under the creative question method introduced in 2010.