A group of English medium students today sought the intervention of Bangladesh government to convince the international boards responsible for arranging O and A-level exams, so that the authorities concerned do not take exams and publish results based on predicted grades.
School and private candidates formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club today and urged authorities concerned to not hold exams amid the coronavirus pandemic, as it will put students in severe health risks.
They demanded cancellation of the October-November exam session in Bangladesh, and asked for results based on predicted grades, as it was done during May-June session for school students.
They held placards with demands and shouted "we want justice".
"We want government intervention. We want Bangladesh government to write a letter to the international boards so that they publish our results based on predicted grades," said Nicholas Gomez, an A-level examinee.
Students said that they want assessment-based grades as they don't want a gap in their education.
"Boards can easily give us predicted grades based on our previous exams," said Nicholas.
Earlier, all boards that arrange the exams globally decided not to hold exams for May-June session due to the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, they prepared results based on predicted grades and previous academic records submitted by schoolteachers.
These students have been running a virtual protest on social media. They have also contacted Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhury and other officials of the ministry, seeking their intervention.
Two UK boards, Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) and Pearson's Edexcel, arrange exams internationally. British Council Bangladesh administers their exams in the country.
English medium students can sit for these exams either through schools or as private candidates. O-level is equivalent to Secondary School Certificate of the national curriculum, and A-level to Higher Secondary School Certificate.
A-level exams under Cambridge are scheduled to start from October 1, and from October 5 under Pearson's. Pearson's O-level exams are set to start from November 2 and Cambridge's from November 5.