No PEC exams likely this year

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Dhaka, May 31: The Primary and Mass Education Ministry have decided not holding Primary Education Completion (PEC) exams from this year as the government decided to elevate the level of primary education up to class VIII.

At present, students have to sit for the PEC exams at the end of the fifth grade.

“The government has decided to elevate the level of primary education up to class VIII,” the Primary and Mass Education Minister Advocate Mostafizur Rahman told reporters on Tuesday at his Secretariat office.

According to the National Education Policy 2010, the primacy education level from class I to class VIII will now be under the jurisdiction of the Primary and Mass Education Ministry.

 “We’ve decided to extend the primary level up to class VIII and a summary of the decision will be sent to the Prime Minister soon,” said the minister.

Replying to a question about the decision, the minister said, “in the National Education Policy 2010, there’s a directive to extend the level of primary education up to class VIII from class V by 2018, and now a process is underway to implement it.”

Replying to another query whether the students will sit for both the PSC and JSC examinations, Mustafizur said, “There has been no decision yet in this regard and the Primary and Mass Education Ministry will take the decision soon.”

Mostafizur Rahman also said, “There’re some formalities to implement this important decision. We’ll implement it soon and all the educational activities up to class VIII will be under his ministry once it is implemented.”

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