Students pass unusual Friday
St Joseph school cancels pending examsMohiuddin Alamgir
Students in the capital passed a hectic Friday as educational institutions were open holding primary completion and annual examinations at the weekends between two spells of the blockade by the opposition alliance.
School authorities also said that if the political turmoil continued it would be difficult for them to complete annual exams this year.
Guardians said that St Joseph Higher Secondary School authority decided not to take the rest examinations of the class III-IX students.
A teacher of the school said that the school authority decided to evaluate students based on the scores of the papers for which they took exams till Friday. The teacher said that examinations for two or more subjects were pending for students of class III-IX.
‘We cannot let our students’ lives at risk by taking examinations during general strikes and blockades,’ the teacher said.
Usually annual examinations of class I-IV and VI–IX are taken in late November and early December.
Thus year, the time table has been hampered due to frequent general strikes and blockades since the last week of October.
Since October 25, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance enforced countrywide general strikes for 10 days in October 27-29, November 4-6 and 10-12 and on November 14.
The Election Commission’s announcement of the schedule for the 10th parliamentary polls just added fuel to the fire on November 25.
The opposition alliance enforced first round of 71-hour countrywide blockade of roads, railway and waterways in November 26-28.
The alliance enforced second spell of 131-hour blockade from November 30 to December 5 and called another round of 72-hour blockade from this morning.
Most city schools remained open on Friday even though it was a weekends. From the morning, guardians were seen taking their kids to schools.
The primary education completion exams for Class V students finally ended on Friday with taking religion studies. The exam was earlier deferred twice.
Around 20 lakh schoolchildren bear the brunt of the ongoing political turmoil.
Because of the ongoing political unrest, students faced huge difficulty in taking the primary completion exams. Examinations for three days out of the 6 had been deferred.
Almost all educational institutions from primary level to higher education level in Dhaka and elsewhere remained open on Friday to hold examinations or make up academic activities lost during the blockades and strikes.
Classes and examinations were held at private universities. Many city colleges were also open on Friday.
Authorities of different schools, including Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, Ideal School and College, Residential Model School and College, St Joseph Higher Secondary School and Manipur High School, said that they took annual exams on the day.
Viqarunnisa Noon School and College acting principal Monju Ara Begum said that annual exams for different classes were set to begin on December 1 but it took place on Friday.
Ideal School and College principal Shahan Ara Begum said if they had to take examinations only on Fridays, it would not be possible for them to end annual exams this year.
Teachers said that most schools were struggling to complete their annual examinations because of political violence.
The government-run schools continued selling the admission forms.
Schedule for university admission tests were in jeopardy, as political programmes also caused inconvenience to the admission process.
This year, Junior School Certificate examinations of four days were deferred. Several examinations of the SSC and the HSC were also deferred because of political programmes.
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