No more cuts in SSC, HSC syllabuses
Education Minister Dipu Moni yesterday said there was no scope to further shorten the syllabuses of this year's SSC and HSC exams.
"We have already shortened the syllabuses of SSC and HSC exams due to the Covid 19 situation. We will hold the exams once the courses on the already shortened syllabuses are completed," Dipu Moni said while talking as the chief guest at a medical and eye camp organised by the Dhaka Reporters Unity at its office.
"We [the government] will not pay heed to any kind of movement for shortening the syllabuses further. So, students should concentrate on their studies," she added.
This year's SSC and equivalent examinations will begin on November 14 while HSC and equivalent exams on December 2.
SSC exams will conclude on November 23 and HSC on December 30.
The examinees will have to take the tests only in three optional subjects with a shortened syllabus, and the exams will carry fewer marks.
They will not have to sit for tests in compulsory subjects like Bangla, English and mathematics.
Usually the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations take place in February while the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent tests in April.
But the Covid-19 pandemic has delayed the exams this year.
Dipu Moni at the event said they have received the Transparency International Bangladesh (TlB) report titled "Secondary education programme: Governance challenges and way out" that alleged that the secondary education sector is mired in various forms of corruption and irregularities, including illegal financial transactions for the appointment of head teachers and officials in other roles.
"We are reviewing the TIB report and will hold a press conference in this regard very soon."
On September 29, TIB unveiled the study and said unauthorised financial transactions -- between Tk 3.5 lakh and Tk 15 lakh -- take place for the appointment of head teachers or assistant head teachers for a school.
The head teacher or assistant head teacher needs to pay the amount to local political leaders, members of school managing committees or governing bodies, said researchers.
Illegal transactions of Tk 5,000 to Tk 5 lakh have also taken place for the transfer of teachers, their inclusion to the Monthly Pay Order benefits, during schools' academic approval, school inspections, etc.