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8 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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PEC and equivalent exams

No MCQs ‘from this year’

Harun ur Rashid
No MCQs ‘from this year’

The examinees of Primary Education Completion (PEC) and equivalent exams will have to answer only broad and short questions in writing as multiple choice questions (MCQs) will be done away with from November this year.

The primary and mass education ministry has decided to discard the MCQ format following the incidence of question paper leak in the just-concluded Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent exams last month, according to sources.

The National Academy for Primary Education (NAPE) has already been instructed to formulate the question papers by dropping MCQs, the sources said.

This decision has been taken as the government wants avert the chance of question paper leak in PEC and Ebtedayee exams, they added.

The primary and mass education ministry held a meeting last month in this regard, where it was decided that the MCQ format would be discarded from the existing questions of PEC and equivalent exams.

Gias Uddin Ahmad, additional secretary of the primary and mass education ministry, told The Independent yesterday that the government has decided to do away with the MCQ format from PEC after observing the recent question paper leak in SSC examinations. "We've instructed the NAPE to cancel MCQs from PEC and equivalent exams. The NAPE will give us a framework within a short time and then it'll be finalised. So, the upcoming PEC and Ebtedayee exams will be held without any MCQ. The exams would be based on various written questions,” he said.

Under the exiting MCQ format, there are 10 marks for Bangla, 20 marks for English, 24 marks for mathematics, 50 marks for Bangladesh and biswaporichoy, 50 for primary science and 50 for religion.

“We've received the ministry's nod today to take further steps in this regard as soon as possible. The ministry has told us to cancel MCQs from the existing questions,” NAPE director Shah Alam told The Independent on yesterday.

“Now, we'll sit with our team to work on the matter. It'll take at least 15 days to make a new structure. Next, we'll submit it to the ministry for approval,” he said.

As part of question paper leak in the recently held SCC exams, the government has recently earned flak from different quarters both in Parliament and outside.

These quarters have raised the demand to arrest the masterminds behind the question paper leak and to take stern action against them.

Even President Md Abdul Hamid in his speech at the opening ceremony of National Primary Education Week in Dhaka on Tuesday said those involved in the process of destroying young generations should be “executed by the firing squad”.

After the leak of question papers, the education ministry several times announced that the MCQ format would be abolished from the SSC and equivalent exams and a new arrangement of examination system would be introduced from next year.

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