PEC, JSC exams to be held this year too

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Dhaka, June 27: The cabinet on Monday rejected proposals to abolish Primary Education Completion (PEC) and the Junior School Certificate (JSC) exams.

Following the cabinet’s decision, the PEC and JSC examinations will be held this year too.

The decision was taken at the regular meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

After the cabinet meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said this while talking to reporters.

The cabinet secretary told the journalists that the proposal for terminal examinations for eighth grade students instead of fifth grade has not given approval at the meeting.

The primary education cycle in the county was recently stretched to the eighth grade and the entire process brought under the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education.

But the regular Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on Monday decided against approving the proposal to abolish the PEC exams and called for resubmission of the proposal after ‘further evaluation’.

“PEC and JSC tests will continue until Cabinet makes a final decision on the matter,” the cabinet secretary said.

“The proposal will be resubmitted before the Cabinet after a thorough assessment. The current system will remain until the new proposal is approved by the Cabinet,” he said.

The government on May 18 decided to upgrade primary education to eighth grade instead of up to fifth in accordance with the National Education Policy.

The PEC test was introduced at the fifth grade in schools in 2009 following a Cabinet decision. The next year, Ebtedayee tests were introduced for madrasa students.

Those at the eighth grade in schools and madrasas, the public exams they appear in are the Junior School Certificate (JSC) Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) tests.

Earlier, there was a separate exam at the fifth grade for scholarships but the PEC and Ebtedayee replaced that.

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