No question outside textbooks
Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education instructs schools outside capital
“It poses a great problem for students when questions are set from outside their school books. This forces students to go for coaching or buy guidebooks. Their guardians have to spend huge amounts of money for this,” DSHE director (secondary) Prof. Abdul Mannan told The Independent yesterday.
“But this practice won’t continue. We’ve warned the school authorities to follow the admission policy. Admission test questions have to be set from the books issued by the NCTB,” he said.
“Earlier, this aspect was not included in the admission policy. But this issue has been addressed now in consideration of the difficulties faced by students and guardians,” he added.
As per the admission policy, the admission committee has to take necessary steps to formulate admission test questions. The questions must be appropriate for the class for which they have
been prepared. Moreover, they have to be formulated from NCTB textbooks amid the maximum level of secrecy and security.
Prof. Abdul Mannan said they instructed the school authorities in this regard during a meeting held at the DSHE office yesterday with the headmasters and principals of different government schools of Chittagong, Sylhet, Rangpur, Khulna, Barisal and Rajshahi regions. The meeting decided to relax the timing of the admission process for government schools outside the metropolitan areas, he added.
“The online admission process to submit applications will begin from December 1 and continue till December 14 for the 35 metropolitan government schools. But the school authorities outside the capital may make some changes for their convenience,” he said.
He, however, maintained that the entire admission process must be completed within December 30.
As per the admission policy, all admission-related work for the secondary level, including the submission of applications and publication of results, have to be
done online in metropolitan areas, divisional cities, and district headquarters. Even the secondary schools in upazila sadars will have an online admission process in place.
However, in upazilas, this can be done manually if the online system cannot be adopted for valid reasons. At present, there are 339 government secondary schools, including 35 in the capital.