Guardians speak against new SCC exams'10
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

A number of guardians of the students who are now in Class X demanded that the government should not introduce new types of questions in the SSC exams scheduled of 2010.

They said the introduction of 'structured question papers' in 2010 would not work as the teachers and students of even renowned schools in Dhaka is in the dark about it, and the academic session has already started.

'The introduction of new types of question will lead to poor results in SSC exams scheduled for 2010,' Uthpala Bhattacharya, guardian of a student at the Ideal School and College at Motijheel told the reporters at a news briefing at the Dhaka Reporters Unity on Monday.

'The system may be better. But as the teachers and students are still in the dark about it, its introduction should be deferred at least by a year,' she said.

'We have come to know that only 10 per cent of the teachers have received training in structured question papers. If the system is introduced, students of lower income group families will face a tough situation as the teachers would force them into private tuition,' said Raihan Rahman, another guardian.

Guardians of students at some other renowned schools in Dhaka also attended the briefing. The education ministry in June 2007 decided that the students who were in Class IX would in the 2009 exams face the questions of new type, marks set for different segments of a question, instead of the essay types that are now in practice.

But in the face severe criticism from different quarters including guardians, the ministry decided on the introduction of the system in 2010.

The structured questions were earlier scheduled to be set for the examinees for the 2008 exams, but the groundwork in this regard had been halted since November 2005.

The ministry officials said the introduction of structured questions was a component of a Tk 793-crore Secondary Education Sector Development Project.

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