There will be no Primary Education Completion (PEC) and its equivalent Ebtedayee examination for 2020 and the students will be promoted to the next class through class assessment instead.
"We don’t want to put students at risk... a summary (report) of the current situation has been sent to the Prime Minister to cancel those (PEC-Ebtedayee exams) this year," State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md Zakir Hossain told media on Tuesday (Aug 25).
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has agreed to their recommendations in this regard.
The state minister said the students will be promoted to class six through class evaluation centrally.
"The examinations of other classes except that of class five will be taken when schools will reopen."
The PEC and Ebtedayee examinations were scheduled to begin on Nov 17 with around 30 lakh students preparing to appear in the exams.
Akram Al Hossain, Senior Secretary to the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, said a summary report was sent to the PM on Aug 19 seeking a decision to cancel the PEC and Ebtedayee exams due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, local media reported.