The Junior School Certificate (JSC) and its equivalent Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations are set to begin today across the country, with the participation of 26,61,682 examinees.
Among them, 14,39,987 are girls and 12,21,695 are boys, according to board officials.
A total of 22,60,716 students will take JSC exam under general education boards, and 4,00,966 will take JDC exam under the madrasa board.
On the first day of examinations, JSC candidates will take Bangla exam while madrasa students will take Quran Majid and Tajbid paper.
The JSC exam will end on November 11 while JDC will complete on November 13.
At a press conference on Tuesday regarding the exams, Education Minister Dipu Moni said the government has ordered all coaching centres to remain closed between October 25 and November 5 to ensure fair examinations.
The minister directed authorities concerned to remain careful so that rumours over question paper leaks cannot spread on social media.
Examinees would have to enter the exam halls 30 minutes ahead of the tests, she said, adding that details of latecomers would be reported to respective education boards.
All physically challenged students will get 20 minutes extra, while visually impaired ones and those with cerebral palsy will be provided with writers.
Besides, examinees with autism, down syndrome and cerebral palsy will be given 30 minutes extra, and will be allowed to get the help of teachers, parents or designated assistants during the examinations, according to rules.
No one, including teachers and office staffers, can bring any electronic device within 200 metres of the examination halls, said the minister, adding that legal action would be taken against outsiders entering the centres during, before, and after the exams.
M’SINGH BOARD TO HOLD EXAMS FOR THE FIRST TIME
Meanwhile, Mymensingh Education Board will conduct public examinations for the first time starting today, with the JSC and JDC exams.
The exams will be held in 125 centres under the board in Mymensingh division, which includes Mymensingh, Jamalpur and Sherpur districts, board sources said.
The board will also arrange Secondary School Certificate and Higher Secondary Certificate exams from 2020, said Prof Gazi Hasan Kamal, chairman of the new education board.
He added that authorities have completed all preparations for conducting the exams, reports our Mymensingh correspondent.
Mymensingh Education Board was gazetted on August 28, 2017 as the country’s 11th education board.
“We have already sent all necessary materials related to the examinations to all centres by Thursday,” he said.
“We also sought all-out cooperation from administration, police, guardians and people belonging to different professions to hold examinations in a free and fair manner.”
Mymensingh Divisional Commissioner Khondoker Mustafizur Rahman said the administration has to play a vital role in holding the exams in a peaceful and fair manner, and the assigned officers have been directed to perform their duties with utmost sincerity.
Talking to this correspondent, Prof Amir Ahmed Chowdhury Ratan, an eminent academic and cultural personality, said setting up the board has reduced the sufferings of teachers as it was not easy to reach Dhaka from different remote areas of Mymensingh. He also thanked the board officials for arranging the exams under the board within two years.