MNA Education Desk: As many as 3,096,075 fifth-grade students are taking Primary Education Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee exams at 7,267 centres today.
The English exam is the first, starting at 11am and ending at 1:30pm.
Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman Fizar will inspect the Motijheel Ideal Government Primary School, an exam centre, the ministry said.
This year 2,804,509 are taking their PEC exams, while 291,566 are taking the Ebtedayee exams. This year 2,953 special needs candidates will take the PEC exams, while 379 signed up for the Ebdetayee exams. They will each receive 20 extra minutes to complete the exams.
Of the total PEC examinees, 12, 99,985 are male and 15,04,524 female while among the Ebtedayee examinees 1,53,152 are male and 1,38,414 female.
The PEC exams began in 2009. The Ebdetayee exams were introduced in 2010. A grade-based system was implemented in 2011.
Examinees, teachers, officials and staff are barred from entering the exam centre with mobile phones. The examinations are scheduled to end on November 29.