The Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations will begin on 2 December by maintaining virus safety guidelines, said Education Minister Dipu Moni.
At an official press briefing at the Secretariat on Thursday, the minister said some 14 lakh examinees – 34,000 more than the last year – will sit for the exams at 9,183 institutions and 2,621 centres under 11 educational boards.
Hoping the examinations will be held in a congenial atmosphere across the country, she sought cooperation from guardians, students and teachers.
"We will not tolerate any unscrupulous activities like leaking question papers and irregularities. Additional members of law enforcement agencies will also be deployed at the centres to avert any untoward incident," she noted.
Due to the pandemic, this year's HSC tests will be held only on group-wise elective subjects with shortened syllabuses.
This means there will be no tests on compulsory subjects such as Bangla and English as the examinees will sit for tests on six subjects. The assessment on compulsory subjects will be based on the previous public examinations.
Each test duration will be one and a half hours. The exam will begin with Physics (paper 1) examination on 2 December morning. The examination will end on 30 December with Social Science (paper 2) and Social Work (paper 2) tests in the morning and Sports (paper 2) in the afternoon.
The government had to defer this year's HSC and equivalent examinations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Otherwise, HSC and its equivalent exams are usually held in April.
Last year, results of HSC examinees were determined on the basis of their previous SSC and JSC results.