HSC, equivalent exams begin
Published : Tuesday, 2 April, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 222
The Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent examinations of 2019 began on Monday across the country.
Education Minister Dipu Moni has urged students and guardians to ignore the rumours as the government took 'stringent measures' to prevent question leaks in the ongoing higher secondary exams.
The minister spoke to journalists on Monday, the first day of the HSC exam, following a visit to the centre at Siddheswari Girls College in Dhaka.
"I urge the examinees and their guardians not to pay heed to any rumour - not to run into any fraudulence. I believe the question paper won't leak by the grace of Allah and the exam will be held properly."
Law-enforcement agencies are 'quite active' to prevent the rumours about question leaks prior to the exam, the minister said.
Examinees on the first day sat for the compulsory Bangla 1st paper examination at 10:00am which would continue till 1:00pm.
During a visit to Siddheswari Girls' College in Dhaka, Education Minister Dipu Moni told reporters that no question paper leak would take place during HSC and equivalent examinations like this year's SSC examinations.
Most of the candidates entered the examination centres 30 minutes before the examinations according to the previous decision of the Education Ministry. Only secretaries were allowed to carry feature phones at the examination centres.
A total of 13,51,505 examinees - 6,87,009 female and 6,64,496 male - from 9,081 institutions sat for the examinations under eight general, one madrasa, one technical education and one Diploma in Business studies boards.
The examinations are being held at 2,579 centres across the country.
This year, a total of 275 students sat for the examinations at eight centres abroad.
Theoretical examinations will end on May 11 while the practical tests will be held from May 12 to May 21.