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1 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 1 March, 2018 02:43:53 AM
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Students failing tests to be barred from public exams

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Students who fail in test examinations will not be allowed to sit for public examinations at the secondary and higher secondary levels in order to prevent irregularities, according to an order issued by the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE). DSHE, in an office order on Tuesday, said there were rules for taking the test examinations before the public examination at the secondary and higher secondary levels. Only those students who passed these tests could take part in the public examinations, it said. The DSHE has requested  persons concerned not to give students failing the test exams any opportunity to take part in public examinations. Besides, the DSHE has asked the authorities of educational institutions to preserve the answer scripts of all students till the completion of the public examinations.

Officers at the Upazila, District and Regional levels would monitor the implementation of the order, signed by the assistant director of Secondary Education Sector Investment Programme (SESIP) Sabuj Alam.

DSHE sources said the order had been issued following various allegations of irregularities regarding the boards allowing students who fail in the tests to sit for the public examinations.

However, some of the chairmen of the education boards said the DSHE had taken the decision without discussing the matter with them, though the DSHE had discretionary power to do so.

 Besides, they said the boards had nothing to do in this regard as it was the responsibility of the educational institutions to do the screening of students.

 Chairman of the Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, Barisal, Prof Ziaul Haque, told The Independent that the DSHE had not discussed the matter with them before issuing the order but it had the authority to do so.

 “There was an earlier rule that barred students who failed in the test from sitting for the public examinations. If the educational institutions allowed such students, it is their responsibility. The education board had nothing to do here,” he added.

 Earlier, in 2015, the education ministry had issued a directive, saying one would not be able to appear for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams, if one’s attendance was below 70 per cent.

 But, later, the order was revoked and replaced by another directive, saying the authorities of educational institutions must arrange proper test examination and students with 70 per cent attendance must be allowed to sit for the public examinations, even if they failed the test.

 The ministry further said that some students, who were unable to appear in the test due to illness, natural calamity, accidents and other reasons should be specially cared for because of their ‘unsatisfactory performance’ in the tests.

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