2016 PSC, JSC exams to be held, more discussion on cancellation

The Cabinet on Monday turned down the proposal for cancelling Primary School Certificate- PSC and Ebtedayee exams from this year.

The proposal was made after the primary education level was upgraded to standard VIII.

Cabinet division, in a regular meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, took the decision, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said in briefing.

The students of standrd V will have to sit for the 2016 PSC exams while standard VIII students will have to sit for the 2016 Junior School Certificate (JSC) and equavalent exams, he said.

Reasons cited in favour of keeping the provision were infrastructure problems of the education system and the accustomation of teachers teaching at the primary level.

The Cabinet suggested that the proposal needs to be properly analyzed and presented again to the Cabinet.

“Students will have to sit for the exams until the decision is finalized by the Cabinet,” said the secretary.

Earlier, on Tuesday, Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman Fizar informed that the PSC and equivalent examinations will not be taken any more.

The government order will be in effect from this year, meaning students will not give the examinations this year as well.

The minister said the decision has been taken as the Primary and Mass Education Ministry will be given the responsibility of academic curriculum till class 8.

Two public examinations will not be held in the primary level, said the minister.