School Assignments: Suspended for class-IV to -XII
The authorities have suspended all assignment activities for students from grade VI to grade IX and candidates of SSC and HSC of 2022.
As the government imposed stricter lockdown to curb further spread of coronavirus, the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) issued separate circulars regarding this, said DSHE Director Belal Hossain yesterday.
In line with the restrictions announced by the Cabinet Division, the weekly assignments for students would remain suspended until further notice, read a circular.
The circular also asked regional deputy directors, district education officers, upazila- and thana-level education officers and headmasters to take necessary measures.
The DSHE director, however, said that the assignment activities of SSC and HSC examinees of this year would continue following health guidelines.
"SSC and HSC batch of this year have only a little time for taking preparation. So, we would continue their assignment activities," he added.
On July 15, Education Minister Dipu Moni said the government wanted to hold the SSC and its equivalent examinations in the second week of November and the HSC and its equivalent tests in the first week of December.
As part of the exams, SSC candidates will have to submit 24 assignments in three optional subjects in 12 weeks whereas the HSC candidates will have to submit 30 assignments in 15 weeks.
Students were required to submit two assignments per week.
The distribution of assignments, to be prepared on shortened syllabuses for SSC candidates, begun on July 18. For HSC candidates, it will begin on July 26.
The government, in April, started giving assignments to students for its submissions in late April this year. The assignment activities for SSC and HSC candidates of 2022 started in June.
The government introduced assignment activities as it closed all the educational institutions on March 17 last year, around a week after the first cases of coronavirus were detected in the country.
The closure has been extended multiple times since then.
According to the latest announcement, schools and colleges will remain closed until July 31.