Online exam process set to be introduced

The authorities concerned have been thinking to introduce the process of legalizing the online test system to keep the country’s educational activities on as educational institutions are closed due to Covid-19. 

In this regard, two separate committees have been formed from secondary to university level. The committees have been asked to monitor the online examination system of different countries of the world and give a practical proposal report. 

It was learnt that, the Department of Secondary and Higher Education secretary Md Mahbub Hossain chaired a meeting to discuss how to take online examination at education ministry. A committee chaired by the chairman of the Dhaka Board of Education has been formed to make recommendations for conducting online examinations for secondary and higher secondary level classes. 

In addition, another committee has been formed and it was chaired by UGC member Prof. Dr. Dil Afroza Begum to make recommendations on taking various exams at the university level virtually.  

Both committees will review the current practice of taking online exams at home and abroad and prepare a short and long term road map and submit a report to the ministry by April 12. 

Secretary Mahbub Hossain told media, "We have started working on how to conduct acceptable tests through online system in case of disaster in the country. The two committees formed in this regard have been asked to come up with specific proposals for taking various exams online. The final decision will be taken after getting their opinion”. 

According to the Ministry of Education, the decision was taken at the second meeting of the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee to implement the action plan adopted under the ‘National Information and Communication Technology Policy-2018' held on August 27 last year under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary. The Department of Secondary and Higher Education and a2i were jointly tasked with implementing the decision.