A nine-point directive has been issued by the Ministry of Education to be complied by all SSC and equivalent candidates appearing for their exams this year.
A circular in this regard was issued on Sunday signed by Khaleda Akhter, deputy secretary of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) under the ministry.
It said that in order to complete the SSC and equivalent examinations of 2021 smoothly, some instructions are provided to be followed by all.
All the candidates must enter the test center and take their seats at least 30 minutes before the start of the test. A candidate has to mention his name, roll number, time of admission and reasons for delay in the register at the examination center after the stipulated time. The Center Secretary will send the list of late candidates to the concerned board every day.
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No one other than the Center Secretary can use a watch, pen or unauthorized electronic device with the facility of mobile phone in the examination center. Candidates will be able to use a simple (feature) phone without the scope of taking pictures and using the internet.
Unauthorized phone or electronic device users must be dealt with in accordance with the rules.
One executive magistrate or tag officer should be appointed for each center. The officer in charge of the center or his nominated appropriate representative from the treasury or police station or security custody will take the question paper along with the tag officer and take it to the center under police guard. Questions cannot be taken out or carried without the presence of an executive magistrate or tag officer.
All set of essay or creative questions including multiple choice questions should be taken from the treasury or police station or security custody to the examination center. The set code will be notified 25 minutes before the start of the test. The packet of question papers has to be opened as per the rules in the presence and signature of the officer in charge of the center (tag officer), center secretary and police officer.
No one other than the examinees and persons engaged in the work related to the examination shall be allowed to enter the examination center during or after the examination. At this time, legal action has to be taken against the unauthorized persons entering the examination center.
In order to start any examination late due to unavoidable reasons, the candidates have to be given the extra time after when the examination will start.
The law enforcement agencies in charge of the examination center and the transport of carrying the question papers will perform their duties with caution.
The law enforcement agencies and the district administration will take strict legal action against the persons involved in leaking the question papers or providing answers to the examinees. Law enforcement and the concerned departments of the government will intensify surveillance on rumors about the leaking of question papers through social media or the activities of the gangs involved in this.
The ministry has instructed the field administration to ensure proper examination of students, parents and all those involved in the examination by following the hygiene rules due to Covid-19. Therefore, only one guardian can accompany the examinee at the exam centre. Moreover, the educational institutions have to follow the guidelines issued by DSHE on September 5.