Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday came down heavily on the opposition BNP and Jamaat-Shibir for the declining rate of pass percentage in this year’s HSC and equivalent examinations.
The overall pass rate in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations has declined by 4.37 percentage points.
The result of the HSC and its equivalent examinations was published on Saturday showing pass rate of 74.30 percent as against 78.67 percent last year.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid handed over the copy of the results to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at around 10 am at her official residence Ganobhaban.
The chairmen of all education boards handed over the result sheets of their respective board separately to the Prime Minister.
Sheikh Hasina published the results of the ten boards online, switching on a computer button.
After taking the results, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated the examinees, teachers and guardians for their hard labour although the rate of the passed examinees declined this year.
“It is the BNP and Jmaaat-Shibir who are responsible for this decline (in pass percentage; they must take the responsibility,” she said.
Hasina said it was regrettable how anyone could fail to realize the importance of an examination like HSC and its equivalent.
“We requested them (BNP, Jamaat-Shibir) repeatedly for not calling any hartal during the examinations. But they imposed hartals during SSC and HSC examinations.”
In this regard, she said a total of 32 HSC exam dates had to be shifted due to the opposition party-imposed hartals. The exam date of English second paper was shifted four times. At last it was held at the end of all other exams whereas it was scheduled to be held in the first phase.
The Prime Minister said the frequent change of dates for the exams badly affected the examinees, creating huge pressure on them.
She said: “BNP and Jamaat-Shibir don’t give a hoot the academic life of the students and they don’t bother about the quality of the education. That’s why they imposed hartals during the SSC and HSC examinations.”
“BNP and Jamaat-Shibir would have to answer to the nation why they destroyed the future of the students by imposing hartals… Can anyone say what they had achieved by imposing hartals?”
Hasina mentioned that the present government put the highest emphasis on the education sector and formulated an education policy that was acceptable by all.
She congratulated the teachers and all concerned for publishing the results within the stipulated time despite several hartal programs of the opposition parties.
The Prime Minister also felicitated the successful students and suggested those who could not came out successful not to be frustrated and be more attentive in their studies.
She underscored the need for increasing pass percentage and asked the students to be more attentive to this end.
Terming education as the tool of poverty alleviation, Hasina said her government put top priority on education to ensure education for all.
She said her government gave special emphasis on technical education to create employment opportunities and also made religious education compulsory for all.
The PM mentioned that 78.18 lakh students of primary level, 40 lakh from secondary level and 1.33 lakh girl students from degree level are being provided with stipends to spread education apart from supplying free textbooks up to the secondary level.
She also mentioned the introduction of multimedia class rooms in over 23,000 schools to share the lessons of reputed schools in the country.
She said that her government is taking necessary measures to set up universities in every district to ensure higher education for all.
Referring to the announcement of the results online and talking with people of Jessore through video conference, Hasina said that digital Bangladesh has been built as pledged in their election manifesto.
Now the students of even rural areas need not to go to the upazila and district headquarters for their results as it could be known through a simple SMS from mobile phone, she added.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, Education Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad were present on the occasion.
After publishing the results online, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina talked to Information and Communication Technology Minister Mostafa Faruk Mohammad, Parliament members Khaledur Rahman Tito and Khan Tipu Sultan and four students of Jessore district through video conference from Ganobhaban.
A total of 58,197 examinees have achieved the Grade Point Average (GPA) 5. Of them, 32,638 are boys and 26,559 girls.
The individual pass rates of all general education boards are: Dhaka - 74.04 percent; Chittagong - 61.22 percent; Comilla - 61.29 percent; Jessore - 67.49 percent; Sylhet - 79.13 percent; Rajshahi - 77.69 percent; Dinajpur -71.94 percent; and Barisal - 71.69 percent.
Madrasah Education Board saw 91.46 percent pass rate while vocational Education Board 85.03 percent.
Examinees can get the results from their respective centres and the websites of their boards.
They can also get the results by sending SMS to a certain number from any mobile phone operator.
The HSC and equivalent examinations began on April 1 and were scheduled to end on May 28. However, hartals forced the authorities to reschedule exams of 30 subjects and the exams eventually ended on June 3.
PM slams BNP, Jamaat for dropping pass rate