The results of this year’s Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations under 11 education boards have been published, with an 82.87% pass rate.
The results have been published online only, not physically at the institutions, for the first time in the country's history, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, which has so far infected more than 44,600 people and killed over 600 around the country.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina unveiled the results through a videoconference from her official residence, Ganabhaban, in Dhaka on Sunday morning.
Education Minister Dipu Moni had earlier handed over a summary of the results to her online from her secretariat office.
Afterwards, Education Minister Dipu Moni revealed more details regarding the results to the public and mass media through a briefing on Facebook Live.
She said this year's pass rate was 82.87%. Last year, the pass rate was 82.20%.
“A total of 1,690,523 students out of 2,040,028 have successfully passed the SSC and equivalent exams this year,” she said during the virtual briefing from her ministry office.
Among the general education boards, Rajshahi recorded the highest pass rate – 90.37%.
The Madrasa Education Board recorded a success rate of 82.51% and Technical Education Board 72.7%.
Students will not have to go to schools to know their results. They can know the results through SMS on mobile phones from any telecom operator.
To get the results via SMS, the students will have to type SSC/Dakhil board Name (first three letters) exam roll year (2020) and send to 16222.
The students will also be able to know their results from the websites of their respective education boards.
Meanwhile, an Education Ministry press release earlier said relevant documents related to the results will be sent to the media outlets and reporters through e-mails and Facebook messenger, while video footage will be sent for electronic media through Bangladesh Television (BTV).
The SSC and equivalent exams took place from February 3 to March 5 this year.
According to the Education Ministry, a total of 2,047,779 students — 1,024,363 boys and 1,023,416 girls — participated in this year’s SSC and equivalent exams at 3,512 centres from 28,884 educational institutions.
Of them, a total of 1,635,240 students took part in the SSC examinations under nine general education boards, and 2,81,254 in Dakhil exam under Madrasa Education Board, while 1,31,285 appeared in vocational exams under the Bangladesh Technical Education Board.
Last year, the results were published on May 6.