Primary Students to Be Promoted without Exams

The government has decided to promote all students from grade I to grade V without traditional year final examinations amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision was announced in a handout from the Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) on Monday, reports UNB.

Signed by Alamgir Muhammad Mansurul Alam, Director General, it instructed teachers to take the appropriate steps to evaluate students. The handout noted that during the virus shutdown, online classes were taken to keep academic activities uninterrupted.

On March 17, just a week after the first coronavirus cases were identified on March 8, Bangladesh shut down educational institutions.

The closure has been extended to Dec 19 in phases, apprehending that a second wave of coronavirus infections could occur in winter. 

Meanwhile, the government also decided not to take any Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent examinations as well as Primary Education Completion and its equivalent Ebtedayee examinations for 2020.

Students will be promoted to the next class through class assessment instead.

Coronavirus spreads rapidly when people come in contact with infected persons. The government says it won’t put students at risk.

Bangladesh’s coronavirus caseload stands at 449,760 with 6,416 fatalities. The government has already signed a deal for procuring 30 million doses of vaccine.

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