HSC and equivalent exams begin tomorrow

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DHAKA, April 1, 2018 (BSS) – The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and
its equivalent examinations of 2018 under 10 education boards will begin across
the country tomorrow amid tough measures taken to check question paper
leakage and other malpractices in the examinations.

A total of 13,11,457 examinees from 8,864 educational institutions will
appear in the examinations this year. Of them, 6, 35,697 are male and
5,47,989 female, said officials of the Education Ministry.

They said only the in-charge officers of respective centres will be
allowed to enter the examination halls with mobile phones as they will be
given instruction via a text message about the set of question papers.

The authorities will open envelopes of question papers about 25 minutes
before the examinations start and they have already taken decision to shut
down all the coaching centres till completion of the examinations, a top
official of the ministry told a meeting recently.

He said all the authorities concerned are sincerely working to root out
all possible sources of question paper leakage as a vested quarter is
involved in the malpractices.

A total of 10,92,607 candidates are set to sit for the examinations from
eight general education boards while 1, 00,127 under the Madrasa Education
Board and 1, 17,754 from the Technical Education Board.

A total of 1, 27,771 candidates have been increased this year comparing
to the previous year.

Besides, 299 students will appear in the examinations from seven overseas
centres.

All the examinees have been asked to take their seats in the examination
centres 30 minutes before the examinations begin.

The written examinations will continue until May 13 while the practical
examinations will be held from May 14 to May 23.

Candidates with physical disabilities will receive an additional 20
minutes in the examinations while the examinees with special needs, including
those with autism, will get 30 additional minutes.

A total of 11, 83,686 examinees appeared in the HSC and equivalent
examinations last year.

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