Live Correspondent: Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations of 2016 began today across the country with 12,18,628 examinees taking part from 8,533 educational institutions.
Of the total examinees, 6,54,114 are males and 5,64,514 females.
Theoretical examinations began today and it will end on June 9 while practical examinations will be held from June 11 to June 20, the education ministry sources said.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid visited the examination centre on the first day of HSC examinations at Siddheshwari Girls’ College in the city this morning.
According to the HSC examinations routine, examination of Bangla first paper was held from 10am to 1pm today while Bangla second paper will be held on April 5 (Tuesday).
In 2012, only Bangla first paper examination was held under the creative question paper method.
Examinations of 25 papers on 13 subjects were held under creative question last year.
Examinations of 11 papers of new subjects will be held under creative question method meaning 36
papers of 19 subjects will be brought under the exam method this year.
According to the statistics of the Education Ministry, a total of 10,20,109 examinees under eight general education boards are participating in the HSC and equivalent examinations this year while some 91,591 are appearing in the examinations under the Madrasa Board.
As many as 1,02,132 students under vocational examinations are taking part in the examinations and 4,796 candidates in DIBS examinations, it added.
As many as 262 examinees from seven overseas centres are appearing at the HSC examinations. Of the examinees, 138 are females and 124 males.
The number of examinees in the HSC and equivalent examinations has increased by a total of 1,44,744 this year as the total examinees were 10,73,884 in 2015.
At a press conference held on March 31, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said additional 20 minutes time will be given to students with disabilities in the HSC and equivalent examinations to encourage them for continuing their studies. Extra 30 minutes will be given to the students with special needs including autism, he added.
Tougher action will be taken against the persons, who will be found guilty for question paper leakage and other malpractices aiming to misguide examinees, he said adding, law enforcers will keep sharp vigil to resist any ill attempt to launch propaganda on the upcoming HSC examinations.
The minister urged the guardians and examinees not to be misguided by any quarter as they may try to create confusions over the examinations by launching propaganda through facebook, mobile phones and different other ways.