Next SSC exams in June, HSC in July-August 2021: Dipu Moni

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Dhaka, Dec 29: Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni has said that the next Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations will be held in June 2021 and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent exams in July-August.

She disclosed the government’s plan of holding SSC and HSC exams at a virtual press briefing on the next year’s textbook festival and other education related issues on Tuesday.

The government has decided to reopen the educational institutions for preparations of the SSC and HSC examinees, the education minister said.

Before holding the next year’s SSC and HSC exams, Dipu Moni said, classes on a short syllabus for SSC examinee will be held from February to April while classes on the short syllabus for HSC examinees will be held from February to May at the class rooms.

Speaking about the result of the HSC exams of 2020, she said, “The results have already been prepared for publish. The results would be published in the first week of January 2021 soon after issuing an ordinance to this end”.

The education minister also said that the candidates of JuniorSchool Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) exams- 2020 will be given certificates from the respective education boards with an ID card number instead of roll number as the exams were not held this year.

About textbook festival, Dipu Moni said, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the textbook festival will not be held on the first day of the New Year this time. The textbooks will be distributed at the respective educational institutions, maintaining the health guidelines, she added.

The textbooks will be distributed in 12 days among the students from class six to nine to avoid any kind of gathering, the education minister said.

State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md Zakir Hossen, Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury and other senior officials of the education ministry were present at the briefing.

Every year, the SSC exams start on February 1 and the HSC exams on April 1. If these dates coincide with public holidays, the tests usually begin on the following day.

But this year, all the public examinations for 2020 were cancelled and the SSC and HSC exams for 2021 is going to be delayed due to the global pandemic coronavirus as the government declared closure for all educational institutions on March 17, 2020. The government has extended the holiday in phases.