This year’s Primary Education Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee Examinations for the fifth graders began across the country today at 7,410 centers with the English test.
Nearly 3.1m students are sitting for the exam. The test, which started at 10:30 am, will end at 1 pm. The examinations will come to an end on Nov 26.
A total of 27,77,270 students are appearing in the exams among which 12,78,000 students are male and 14,98,000 are female.
This time, there is no MCQ type question in the examination covering a total of 600 marks for six subjects.
The number of this year’s examinees is 23,472 higher than that of last year.
The exams are being held at 7,410 centers across the country and 12 examination centers outside Bangladesh.
At least 3,294 students with disabilities are taking part in the exam this year. They will be given an additional 30 minutes to complete the exam.
The PSC examination system was introduced in 2009 for primary students. Ebtedayee exams were introduced the following year.
Initially, results came in the form of divisions, but in 2011 the system was changed to grades.
Primary and Mass Education Minister Mustafizur Rahman is set to visit the exam centers at Dhaka’s Viqarunnisa Noon School.
“Special measures have been taken to send the question papers to the remote 204 examination centers. A zero-tolerance policy has been adopted to prevent all irregularities and negligence while performing duties,” the minister said.