The results of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and its equivalent examinations will likely be publish in May, Dhaka Education Board Chairman Professor M Ziaul Haque said Monday.
“We are trying to publish the results this month,” he said.
The board is trying to publish the results online as all educational institutions are closed now due to coronavirus outbreak, Haque said.
This year’s SSC and its equivalent examinations under 10 education boards begun across the country on February 3.
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A total of 20,47, 779 students including 10,24,363 males and 10,23,416 females participated in the examinations this year.
Khulna district administration on Monday introduced online education on Facebook and YouTube platforms for school students as they have been staying at home for over one month and will have to continue to stay out of their schools until May 30.
Khulna Divisional Commissioner Dr Md Anwar Hossain Hawlader inaugurated the digital education programme on Monday.
Primarily, expert teachers will produce 20-minute lessons for the students of III, IV, and V.
Hawlader said this initiative will help students to develop during coronavirus pandemic.
Soon a routine will be published for the classes, he said adding that several video contents will be uploaded on regular basis so that students can enjoy and learn from home.
Khulna district administration will use the information technology with the assistance from Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Directorate and Directorate of Primary Education.
Two YouTube channels—‘Digital Secondary Education Khulna’ and ‘Digital Primary Education Khulna’ -- have been launched. Two pages have also been opened on Facebook.
Presiding over the inaugural programme, Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Helal Hossain said students will be able to express their opinions and problems on this digital platform.
Television education is one-way programme but it will be a two-way programme where students will join actively and enjoy it, he added.
He said they hope this digital platform will reduce the dependency on coaching-based education and meet the gap in education during this coronavirus.
Niva Rani Pathok, deputy director, Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Directorate, and Meherun Nesa, deputy director of Directorate of Primary Education were present among others.
Earlier on March 16, the government closed all the educational institutes to prevent the spread of coronavirus. No classes have been held since that day at school.
As the coronavirus situation worsened, on May 5, the government extended the shutdown of all educational institutions until May 30.
In the meantime, the government took initiative to broadcast lessons for students through Sangsad TV.
Coronavirus has been spreading faster in Bangladesh during the last week.
Bangladesh has so far reported 15,691 coronavirus cases and 239 deaths.
The country recorded the highest number—1,034-- new coronavirus cases in the span of 24 hours on Monday.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday published a guideline on conducting courses online in light of the prevailing coronavirus pandemic, including teaching, taking exams, their assessment as well as admission for private universities.
The guideline will be available on the UGC website and copies will be sent to private universities.
The instructions prepared by UGC can be found in the Notice section of www.ugc.gov.bd.
Private universities will be able to carry out unfinished activities (teaching, examination and assessment) of the current semester that has been affected by the pandemic online, in accordance with the guideline.
Besides, students will be able to seek admission for the next semester as well.
Earlier a virtual meeting on forming the guidelines was presided over by Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni, and attended by members of UGC, apart from representatives of public and private universities.
That came after an earlier bar on shifting the activities that had to grind to a halt into the virtual space.
State-run Sangsad TV will continue airing lessons for students of class VI to class X until May 30 as educational institutions will remain shut until then to prevent transmission of coronavirus.
The Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) issued a notice in this regard on Wednesday.
The secretary told UNB that the recorded classes from the 6th grade to tenth grade will be uploaded on two YouTube channels -- Kishore Batayan and Amar Ghar Amar School.
The lessons will also be telecast from social media platform titled ‘Amar Ghare Amar School,’ the notice said adding that college students will be taught over other online medium and information technology to be arranged by respective principals.
Guardians have been directed to ensure that their children stay at home during this closure of education institutions until May 30 for their safety from coronavirus infection.
Earlier on Tuesday, the government announced that all educational institutions in Bangladesh will remain shut until May 30.
Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Directorate issued a notice in this regard.
Bangladesh extended the ongoing general holidays until May 15.
The country has recorded 11,719 coronavirus cases and 187 deaths as of Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the country reported its highest daily new coronavirus cases on Wednesday with the detection of 790 patients.
The restrictions on movement during general holidays, imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus, are being eased gradually but educational institutions are yet to be opened.
Friendship NGO is promoting distance learning in this situation.
Friendship Executive Director Runa Khan says that under no circumstances education should come to a standstill. She said: “We need to find ways to keep education going strong.”
So, while Friendship continues to operate its hospitals, and works to tackle the health and economic impacts of the pandemic, its teachers are playing an equally important role. They are following up individually with students over phone, and where necessary, setting up small group studies while maintaining social distance outdoors.
Recently, Sangsad TV started airing Friendship Education videos for students all over the country. It has been chosen by the ICT Ministry and has been linked with the Ministry of ICT’s online platform Kishore Batayon (http://konnect.edu.bd/my-school).
The NGO has also launched a dedicated YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/friendshipeducation) which contains recorded lessons that they have made for their secondary schools over the last six years.
So far, 150 lessons have been uploaded and in the coming months, approximately 2,000 lessons covering grade VI to grade X will be uploaded in this channel. This might help more than 10 million secondary students all over the country, the NGO said.