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Jun 4, 2024

HSC exams start in June for Bangladesh

With HSC exams for the 2022-2023 academic year scheduled to begin on 30 June, marking the official end of classes, many colleges are sparking outrage by demanding tuition fees from students well into July and August.

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Mar 7, 2024

Bangladesh schedule SSC, HSC exams from next year

The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations used to start across the country from February 1 and April 1 respectively every year, but the Covid-19 pandemic severely disrupted scheduling for these tests.

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Feb 23, 2024

HSC exam of 2025 to be held in full syllabus

The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations in 2025 will be held with a full syllabus and full marks.

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Nov 24, 2023

Bangladesh HSC results to be published 26 Nov

A total of 1,359,342 students — 688,887 boys and 670,455 girls — registered for this year's HSC exams, 155,935 more than the previous year.

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Sep 21, 2023

Bangladesh HSC exam of 2024 to be held under shortened syllabus

The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations of 2024 will be held under shortened syllabus. However, in 2024, the secondary school certificate (SSC) and equivalent exams will be held under full syllabus.

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Jul 27, 2023

Bangladesh HSC exams to start on August 17

The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent exams will begin on August 17 simultaneously in 10 education boards in Bangladesh this year. The Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board released the schedule for all educational boards.

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Jun 7, 2023

With syllabi incomplete, HSC exams pushed back by a month

The authorities have decided to defer the Higher Secondary Certificate or HSC and equivalent exams, which were scheduled to start in July this year, by a month.

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Jun 6, 2023

Bangladesh HSC exam in 2024 may also be held on short syllabus

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni has said that the HSC examination in 2024 will be conducted on the revised syllabus (short syllabus) if necessary.

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Dec 1, 2021

Bangladesh UG Exam Results Delay A Roadblock In PG Admissions

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has written to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seeking his personal intervention for immediate furnishing of provisional final semester result or mark sheet for Under-Graduate (UG) students in Odisha.

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Oct 4, 2021

Bangladesh government can now publish results without exam

Three separate amendment bills were passed in the parliament, paving the way for publishing results without holding a public exam. The bills are the Intermediate and Secondary Education (Amendment) Bill, 2021, the Bangladesh Vocational Education Board (Amendment) Bill, 2021, and the Bangladesh Madrasah Education Board (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

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Aug 31, 2021

Schools assess grades as no O, A level exams to be held in Bangladesh

Local schools operating under the British education boards Cambridge Assessment International Education and Pearson Edexcel are now assessing grades of an estimated 16,000 candidates of O-level, A-level and equivalent examinations. Schools are assessing the grades as the government did not allow Cambridge to hold scheduled examination on April 26 amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Feb 24, 2021

Bangladesh to hold medical, dental college entry tests in March

Government officials announced that the medical and dental college admission tests will be held in the first week of March 2021. The government is still working on how to conduct the admission tests against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Feb 16, 2021

Bangladesh's SSC in June, HSC in July-August

The government plans to hold the SSC exams in June and the HSC exams in July or August. However, they may defer next year's Secondary School Certificate and Higher Secondary School Certificate examinations by three to four months due to the coronavirus pandemic, given that the Covid situation doesn't worsen.

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Feb 5, 2021

Bangladesh permits GCSE, A Level exams in January

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education has given its approval to holding A Level and General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examinations in January 2021, with some conditions.

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Jan 29, 2021

Bangladesh medical students start street protests, demand online classes

Students of government and private medical colleges in Bangladesh have staged a protest at Shahbagh, demanding online classes as an alternative, as they refuse to sit for exams amid the coronavirus crisis.

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Jan 28, 2021

No JSC, JDC exams this year

The government has decided not to hold Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations this year.

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Jan 27, 2021

No final exams for class 6-9

Education Minister Dipu Moni declared "There will be no annual exams for them. There will be no results, no grading …" Students will be promoted to next classes this year without any annual examinations and will be assessed through assignments.

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Jan 26, 2021

Bangladesh decides to keep all educational institutions closed till Dec 19

The government has decided to extend the ongoing shutdown on schools and other educational institutions of the country till December 19 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Dec 11, 2020

Bangladesh to keep schools closed in November amid Covid-19 pandemic

Education Minister Moni said none of the educational institutes throughout the country will be reopened next month. These schools have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Dec 2, 2020

Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent examinations cancelled

Bangladesh Education Minister Dipu Moni announced that the Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent examinations are being canceled this year due to the Covid-19 situation.

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Bangladesh first came into existence in 1971. Bangladesh seceded from West Pakistan and became the world’s 139th countries. The country is located in southern Asia on the Bay of Bengal, bordered by India and Burma. Annual flooding that covers one-third of the country combined with famine has caused Bangladesh to experience a tumultuous thirty-three years. After a short but bloody war Bangladesh won its independence, but it was completely decimated. During its first three years of independence, the new country experienced famine. The weather and famine have hampered economic development in this poor country. During the 1980’s the military government often made promises of elections to be held “soon,” however, there were no elections until 1991 when democracy was re-established. Currently Bangladesh has a parliamentary democracy, with a primarily ceremonial president.


Education in Bangladesh is closely related to education in India and Pakistan, since Bangladesh was a part of Pakistan until 1971. Its modern system of universities was established based on the British model. Currently, Bangladesh's education system is overseen by their Ministry of Education.

Primary and Secondary Education

The educational system is divided into 4 levels. Primary is grades one through five, secondary is grades six through ten, and higher secondary includes grades eleven and twelve. Today the typical student interested in higher education completes 12 years of primary and secondary education. The 12 year Higher Secondary Certificate is the minimum requirement to continue to higher education.

Post-Secondary Education

After twelve years of study the student is eligible to pursue post secondary education that ranges in length from two years to twelve years and results in a variety of degrees. Completion of the Bachelor’s degree may lead to further study in graduate level programs. Bangladesh has a wide variety of post-graduate degree paths, including professional degrees such as medicine and law, and academic degrees such as Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

New B.B.A degree

A four-year Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree is now being offered. Modeled on the US system, the new B.B.A. includes a semester system academic calendar and a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit as the minimum graduation requirement. In some instances, the new four-year degrees run year-round for three years. In either instance, the number of hours completed is the same. Three-year degrees which follow an academic calendar of nine months -- and which do not use semester hours -- are not comparable to a US bachelor's degree.

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