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No final exams for class 6-9

January 27, 2021

Original Article: https://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/news/no-final-exams-class-6-9-1982113

More than one core students of class 6-9 will be promoted to next classes this year without any annual examinations, the government announced yesterday.

"There will be no annual exams for them. There will be no results, no grading …" Education Minister Dipu Moni declared at a virtual press briefing, adding that the decision was made taking the current coronavirus situation into consideration.

Replying to a query, she also hinted that schools and madrasas might not reopen next month.

The announcement comes when students and guardians all across the country are in confusion about promotion to next classes as schools and madrasas have remained shut for more than seven months amid the pandemic. The government has already announced that the closure was extended until October 31.

Recently, the government said this year's Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent exams were cancelled to stem Covid-19 transmission.

At the briefing, Dipu Moni said the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) had already prepared a brief syllabus for the class VI-IX students in schools and madrasas so that they could achieve the minimum learning outcome.

Assignments would be given to the pupils every week to identify their learning shortcomings. "The assessment method will help us understand the weaknesses of the students and address them. The assessment will not have any impact on their promotion to next classes," she said.

Students will be able to get and submit the assignments to their teachers online or in person, following proper health guidelines. The class work will also be handed through TV and will be available on educational websites.

The short syllabus will be covered in 30 work days in November and December, she said.

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