Primary and Mass Education minister Mostafizur Rahman said that there will be no Primary School Certificate (PSC) exam from this year. In addition to that primary school completion exam will be held at the end of class 8. By this, primary education in Bangladesh has been extended to class 8 from class 5.
There will be no PSC exam at the end of class five from this year
The minister briefed the reporters at his office on last Tuesday. The decision will be now sent to related ministry for final approval. Earlier, Primary and Mass Education secretary Humayun Khalid said that the minister has suggested the authority concerned to submit the proposal seeking for cancelling the PSC exam to the cabinet body.
Mustafizur confirmed the news while asked about it and also added that the decision was permitted by the concerned authority.
However, the decision of continuing scholarship at the end of class 5 has not been taken yet. So it is not still sure, whether the student will get scholarship from now onward based on their result in class 5.
Earlier on May 18, the government has extended the primary education to class 8 from class 5 and the decision was to take PSC exam this year for the last time. But a number of guardians had started protesting the decision. A writ was also filed in the court seeking the cancellation of the decision to take PSC examination this year. Amid all sort of confusion and protest, the ministry of Primary and Mass Education has finally taken the decision not to take PSC exam from now.
Primary and Mass Education minister also said, “I am confirming that there will be no PSC exam from this year. The exam will be taken at the end of class 8. However, the minister will decide whether the exam name will remain Primary School Certificate or anything else. ”