Bangladesh allows holding O, A level exams
The Ministry of Education on Wednesday accepted the British Council application for holding the 'O' and 'A' levels examinations with some conditions amid students' continued demand for cancellation of the exams due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Education Minister Dipu Moni approved the British Council plea for holding the A-Level exams in October and O-Level exams in November with conditions that the exams would be held maintaining COVID-19 health guidelines, education ministry additional secretary Mominur Rashid Amin said.
Up to 1,800 students would be allowed to sit for any examination at the 35 centres across the country in a day, according to the conditions.
The British Council will be responsible if any student gets infected with COVID-19 while attending the exams, Mominur said.
"The education ministry preserves the right to cancel the exams anytime if the situation demands", he said.
The educational institutions in Bangladesh will remain closed till October 3 if the closure is not extended further for the COVID-19 outbreak.
The British Council on September 20 applied to hold the examinations under the UK boards, Cambridge International and Pearson Edexcel.
A-Level exams under the Cambridge are scheduled to start on October 1 and the exams under the Pearson are scheduled to begin on October 5.
Pearson’s O-Level exams are scheduled to start on November 2 and the exams under the Cambridge are scheduled to start on November 5.
Around 5,200 students are scheduled to sit for their exams, according to the British Council.