Alternative solutions for HSC exam
Amid Covid-19, the economy, politics, education system and social movement are almost stopped. However, we must keep our lives and livelihoods active. This is our current challenge. We all have to comply with and continue normal activities under this challenge. There is no alternative. The government is trying and our responsibility as ordinary citizens is to cooperate in the initiatives taken by the government.
COVID-19 is hampering the educational activities of five crore students of the country. The most uncertain of them are the students of higher secondary examination in the current year. The HSC exams were supposed to be held in April, but the authority has not been able to start their exams as usual due to threat of corona infection.
So I think Government should take the exam in any way after Eid-ul-Adha without waiting any longer. About 13 lakh candidates failed to appear in the HSC and equivalent examinations on the scheduled date. The mental condition of this large number of students is becoming somewhat isolated and irritable as they are not able to take the exam even with preparation. So the students and the parents of the students are also angry and upset with COVID-19.
My younger sister Tahiya Tasneem Tikli is an HSC examinee, so I understand how their time is passing and what worries they are continuing their studies. They are not able to keep much attention to their studies. Before the exam for my sister there was a separate teacher in each subject of science. After thorough preparation in all subjects of ICT, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, the colleges were closed at the moment before the examination. Whenever she asked to sit down to read but played games on her mobile phone. As a result, it is understood that the examinees have become depressed under this situation. Basically there is nothing to do, we also understand that.
Whether the educational institution is opened in September or October, HSC examination needs to start within 15 days after Eid. Moreover, the process of going to the next stage of the HSC students is also stopped. So I think it is better to announce the results of the exam through alternatives without increasing the session clutter. If we don't take the exam after Eid ul Azha, it will be another kind of challenge for us to make up the loss due to COVID-19. So I summarized my three suggestions about taking the exam. I believe that if the government thinks so, it can take the examination through these proposals and can also start the activities after the exam.
Proposal-1 # Many parents think that the exam can be completed with auto pass, that is not possible in the board exam. I am talking about a different proposal where each student will be given a mark of 100 from the number of teachers who have taught at the higher secondary level. Suppose 13 teachers have taken classes in 13 subjects. These 13 teachers will impart the marks of each course impartially based on their experience, ideas and analysis of the last two years and will have to take out the record of the marks obtained in the test examination in that subject. The average mark that will come after adding two marks will be the result of that subject. In this way it is possible to calculate the marks of all the subjects and find out the GPA of each student. There is no need to take any more examination.
Proposal-2 # Bangladesh is now very advanced in technology. We are gaining recognition in the world as Digital Bangladesh. So I think the whole exam can be taken in online. In this process every student must have a smartphone and internet access. I think a parent can afford the cost. We have 1.3 million students, so we need 65,000 teachers to guard online during exams. Because there will be one teacher for every 20 students.
This exam can be taken via the Zoom or Tencent app. This will require teachers and students to arrange two days of training related to the exam through virtual or app. As a result, both parties can know a complete idea about the online exam method. In this system the question papers will be in short form and the examination will be held for 1 hour and 13 subjects will be examined in 13 days.
Exam answer sheets will be mailed to the students one day before the exam and then the student will print the answer sheets. The question will be sent to the student's mail ID and mobile 5 minutes in advance through the central system. After completing the examination within one hour, take a picture of the answer sheet and submit it to the system and save the hard copy and submit it to the student's college authorities. During the exam, student's face and writing hand should be placed in front of the mobile camera in such a way that the teacher can monitor him or her. There will be short questions so that the exam can be completed in one hour. I think this method will be more effective in floods.
Proposal-3 # HSC exam can be taken as usual last year. In this system, there will be a main center in each district under the leadership of the DC and under it there will be one sub-center in each upazila. There will be some more union based sub-centers under each UNO. In this system, the student has to take the exam at the nearest school or college where he / she live. There will be no danger of corona infection and it is possible to maintain social distance. Question and answer sheets can be distributed and exams can be completed as usual. Of course, the syllabus will need to be shortened in each proposal and some planning and guidance will be required in this regard.
The writer is a Phd Fellow , Zhonan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan, China , Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting & Information systems, Jaitya Kabi
Kazi Nazrul Islam University,